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Has Xi Jinping Retired China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ Diplomats?

First published: The Prospect Foundation, 13-02-2023

The Chinese Communist Party’s so-called “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is a bit like the old magician’s cliché: now you see it, now you don’t. This diplomatic riposte to criticism of the party and of China reached a high in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and of condemnation of China’s support for Putin. But pushback within China, and resistance and unpopularity outside it, led to a more emollient approach last year as Xi Jinping proclaimed he would promote a more “lovable” image of China. Read on…..