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As geopolitical tensions between superpowers continue to rise, China is now embracing an aggressive diplomatic strategy known as “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy.
This new geopolitical strategy takes its name from the popular “Wolf Warrior” movie series in China, which centers around military heroes resembling Rambo or The Expendables, fighting enemies to defend Chinese national interests. This strategy continues to add to escalating tensions with the United States, as both nation’s warships and fighter jets are in a constant standoff in the South China Sea. President Trump is currently threatening to levy sanctions on China as they vow to “resolutely smash” any declarations of independence made by Taiwan. They also promise retaliation for any efforts by the U.S. to punish Beijing for its crackdown on Hong Kong.
China and India are also clashing over their shared Himalayan border, with thousands of Chinese troops assembling along the eastern Ladakh border, an area that India claims as its own. In response, Indian soldiers have set up camp on the other side of the border, with both armies setting up tents, heavy weaponry, and digging fortifications. Throughout May, the armies have engaged in fistfights and stone-throwing, causing heightened fears of further escalation as the conflict bears similarities to the month-long 1962 Sino-Indian War, which occurred due to a dispute over this very border.
The dangerous China-India border standoff that Trump wants to mediate, explained – Vox – 5/28/2020
Thousands of troops are now camped on either side of the Galwan Valley, a contentious territory in the high-altitude Ladakh region. Chinese and Indian soldiers have dug new defenses and shipped more military equipment to their outposts. With the harsh winter giving way to spring, experts fear it could be months before the two powers pull back, potentially rekindling violence that led to a large border war in 1962.
China is embracing a new brand of wolf warrior diplomacy – CNN – 5/29/2020
It’s a phrase that is now used widely in Chinese state-run media as well as Western publications, and it was made clear last weekend that its proponents have the full support of the country’s top diplomat. “We never pick a fight or bully others. But we have principles and guts. We will push back against any deliberate insult, resolutely defend our national honor and dignity, and we will refute all groundless slander with facts,” said Wang, responding to a question from CNN.
China says it will use military force to take control of Taiwan if diplomacy fails – Newsweek – 5/29/2020
On Friday—the 15th anniversary of China’s Anti-Secession Law which gives the CCP the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if the democratic nation formally secedes from the mainland—Li said, “We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and reserve the option to take all necessary measures, to stabilize and control the situation in the Taiwan Strait.”
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The strategy is in line with China’s use of its economic might to win friends on the world stage, with Xi’s signature Belt and Road global infrastructure programme also expanding its influence abroad. “Chinese aid, like other countries, is part of its soft power and also has commercial and political aims,” Jocelyn Chey, a former Australian diplomat and visiting professor at the University of Sydney, told AFP.
Aly-Khan Satchu on Twitter, 5/29/2020: This so-called “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy won’t make friends – and China knows it. But perhaps that’s the point. The Chinese are playing increasingly rough, and practically daring anyone to do something about it. @asiatimesonline
The Lowry Institute on Twitter, 5/29/2020: Richard McGregor, an expert in the Chinese Communist Party and senior fellow at the Lowy Institute, said that there was currently a fierce debate inside China over how aggressive the country’s foreign policy should be. @mcgregorrichard in @cnni
Kapil Komireddi on Twitter, 5/29/2020: “Diplomacy” is not a synonym for appeasement. India goes to great lengths to propitiate China. Delhi’s treatment of Tibetans when Chinese eminences visit is one example. All this has yielded zero benefits.
Y. Satya Kumar on Twitter, 5/29/2020: The foreign policy of Modi govt has been that of cooperation for mutual benefits and avoidance of conflicts. However, that doesn’t mean it gives up on National Interest. The recent India-China face-off is an example of how Modi govt stood it’s ground without any hullabaloo.
The Economist on Twitter, 5/29/2020: Leng Feng, the hero of “Wolf Warrior 2”, would only half approve