At a time when public opinion has turned more negative towards China, Beijing has hinted that there will be no easing of so-called wolf warrior diplomacy during Xi Jinping’s third term as president, despite criticism of this approach, which has been counterproductive.
“We Chinese will not capitulate. We will not sit and do nothing while our country’s interests are being harmed,” Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu reported to Reuters when responding to a question about Beijing’s diplomacy in the decade since Xi took power.
With China locked in an ideological struggle for global dominance with the West, Beijing’s brand of diplomacy will not be about being nice.
With Beijing under attack over issues ranging from Taiwan and trade to human rights and COVID-19, Chinese diplomats have taken an offensive and confrontational stance on public platforms and social media, behavior popularly dubbed “wolf warrior Diplomacy” came to prominence after two nationalist Chinese films.
“In the future, Chinese diplomats will continue to overcome all obstacles and always be the devoted guardians of our country’s and people’s interests,” Ma said.
Vice Foreign Minister Ma is widely regarded as a top contender to succeed Wang Yi as foreign minister in an upcoming leadership reshuffle.
At the five-yearly 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which begins Oct. 16 in Beijing, Xi Jinping is expected to receive an unprecedented third term as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, meaning he will remain President of China.
In conducting its foreign policy, China has long been guided by Deng Xiaoping’s doctrine: “Observe calmly, secure our position, handle matters calmly, hide our abilities and wait, be careful, and never claim leadership.” “
However, according to experts, a shift in Beijing’s foreign policy stance slowly began to build in 2008-2009 and accelerated after Xi Jinping took office in 2012-2013.
At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held in October 2017, Xi sought to set a new agenda for a bold new era and said Beijing will not shy away from assuming world leadership.
Since then, Chinese officials have expressed controversial thoughts more openly, often with negative implications for bilateral relations with other countries. According to a Pew Research Center global poll released Wednesday, public opinion of China in the US and other advanced economies has become “steeply more negative” since Xi took office in 2013.
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