But what do the “wolf warriors”, who once again show their teeth, represent?
– When it started? –
The term “wolf warrior diplomacy” became popular in 2019, when Chinese envoys, especially spokesman Zhao Lijian, adopted a vehement tone to defend the country on social media platforms, such as Twitter. The microblog is now blocked in China.
Its origin is in a film about a soldier of the Chinese special forces, in the style of Rambo.
China says it was forced to change its tone amid the White House’s condemnations when Donald Trump was president.
As a spokesman for the foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian promoted conspiracy theories such as that the US army may have taken covid-19 to China.
It was a response to the accusations of “Chinese virus”, then repeatedly exhausted by Donald Trump, who stated, without proof, that the coronavirus could have left a Chinese laboratory.
And last December, Zhao Lijian criticized Australia in tweets, accusing “Australian soldiers” for “murdering Afghan civilians and prisoners”. The message accompanied the image of a soldier with a bloody knife in a child’s throat.
Experts believe the shift to attack mode reflects President Xi Jinping’s new China.
– Why are you back? –
When Joe Biden took over the US presidency in January, China’s diplomats thought that relations would improve.
The truce broke in a thousand pieces, however, at the meeting between the United States and China in Alaska in mid-March, where the senior Chinese Communist Party diplomat, Yang Jiechi, threatened to take action in relation to “United States interference” .
“Yang’s strong conversation in Anchorage seems to have encouraged high-level Chinese diplomats to make incendiary comments,” says Mathieu Duchatel, director of the Asia Program at the Montaigne Institute, based in Paris.
The Consul-General of China in Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang, called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “boy” and said that Canada is a “United States stick”.
And in late March, when the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States announced sanctions on the Xinjiang issue, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying suggested that the CIA wanted to destabilize China.
In response to the boycott of brands like H&M and Nike, who expressed concern about the textile supply chain in Xinjiang, Hua showed a photo in which, she said, there were black slaves in the United States’ cotton fields.
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