China has sought to reject the use of the term wolf warrior diplomacy, which is used to describe the confrontational rhetoric of its diplomats to avoid criticism on a host of issues, calling it yet another version of the theory of the Chinese threat launched by critics from Beijing.
Obviously, “wolf warrior diplomacy” is in fact another version of the “Chinese threat” theory and another “speech trap”, the purpose of which is to prevent China from retaliating, the Minister said. Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng in the first official reaction to the phrase used by diplomats and international media to emphasize Beijing’s aggressive posture.
Chinese diplomats were once known for their low-key approach to complex national and global issues. But their style has changed in recent years as Beijing battles growing global adversity over issues like the coronavirus, which has become a pandemic after emerging from Wuhan, allegations of mass internment camps in Xinjiang, and imposition. of a national security law in Hong Kong.
Critics also say the style change is fueled by the pursuit of aggressive nationalism by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under President Xi Jinping.
Le said that as a great responsible country, China has always been a defender of international order, a contributor to global governance and a provider of international public goods.
It was a time when there seemed to be less over-the-top criticism from the West. But the world and Chinese diplomats have changed, according to an aggressive CCP Global Times tabloid article.
In the eyes of some in the West, Chinese diplomats are now engaged in Wolf Warrior-style diplomacy, named after a 2015 Chinese patriotic action film and its sequel in 2017. The change has apparently challenged the West “, did he declare.
The term was coined from the 2017 Chinese Hollywood-style Rambo action film Wolf Warrior 2.
Le, a former ambassador to India, dismissed such labels as a misunderstanding of Chinese diplomacy, pointing out that China has always been a country of etiquette, valuing harmony, and never taking the initiative to provoke others, nor to run to the door of another’s house to choose a quarrel.
“China has no choice but to stand up to defend our national interests and our dignity, because others have come to our door and meddle in our internal affairs and mistreat us,” Le said. the official media here by addressing a reflection. -forum on tanks on Saturday.
Le said that some people’s claim that China has made enemies around the world with aggressive diplomacy is not true.
“We have always made friends and forged good relationships. It is precisely certain large countries that have pressured other countries to take sides with the choice ‘my way or not.’ But even in such circumstances, China’s “circle of friends” does not become smaller but larger, he said.
Many developing countries and friendly peoples resisted the pressure and continued to cooperate with China and expressed their support for China on international occasions, ”he said.
This week, outgoing U.S. National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said China poses the greatest threat to America and the rest of the free world since World War II.
The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the United States and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically, Ratcliffe wrote in an op-ed published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal.
Many major public initiatives and prominent companies in China are only offering a layer of camouflage for the activities of the Chinese Communist Party. I call his approach to economic espionage “steal, replicate and replace”, “Ratcliffe said.
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying dismissed the allegations as yet another attempt to spread false information, political viruses and lies “in the hope of damaging China’s reputation and to Sino-US relations.
He offered nothing new, but repeated the lies and rumors aimed at sullying China and playing on the Chinese threat by all means, ”Hua said at a daily briefing on Friday. This is another mishmash of lies produced by the relevant departments of the US government for some time, ”she said.
Last month, another Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, while refuting the joint statement of the Five Eyes countries criticizing China’s highest legislature for disqualifying four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong, said said, “No matter how many ‘eyes’ you have, be careful not to get stung and go blind while harming China’s sovereignty, security and development interests.”
The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Commenting on the aggressive style of Chinese diplomacy, Wang Xiangwei, a Beijing-based columnist for the South China Morning Post, published from Hong Kong, said Beijing should be careful not to fall into the US trap.
Indeed, while the Chinese Foreign Ministry and state media systematically describe Washington’s actions and rhetoric as irrational, reckless, and bordering on uprooting, it gives Beijing a reason to refrain from doing the same with the United States, he recently wrote in one of his columns.
There is also growing suspicion that Washington is setting a trap and deliberately provoking Beijing to react irrationally for the sake of its domestic policy, he said.
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