The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is known for its aggressive Wolf-warrior diplomacy. However, unlike the country’s ancestors, whose renowned diplomatic strategies upheld China’s position and brought peace to all neighboring nations, the wolf-warrior diplomacy brought the communist rulers nothing but shameful moments and a bad image on the world stage.
2022, in retrospect, is a year full of challenges for China. From the ongoing COVID pandemic and its draconian “zero-COVID” policy, the Russia-Ukraine tension, and Xi Jinping’s questionable attitude to the economic downturn that disrupts the global economy. At the Politburo meeting on December 7, the CCP admitted that this year’s international environment is “turbulent.” So in, this video will go through five of China’s top 10 diplomatic scandals in 2022.
China withdraws 6 diplomats from UK ahead of questioning over Manchester consulate violence
On October 16, a clash between Chinese consulate diplomats and protesters occurred outside the consulate’s gate in Manchester. Footage shows pro-democracy protesters holding a campaign against the CCP, condemning the regime for violating human rights in Hong Kong and elsewhere. However, a group of men wearing plain clothes came from inside the consulate and attacked protesters. The highlight of the clash was that the Chinese consulate general Zheng Xiyuan was found in the thick of the action.
In response, British officials had asked six Chinese diplomats to submit to local police questioning about the clash. The British government also required permission to investigate the accident. However, before the deadline came, the Chinese regime suddenly withdrew the six diplomats from Britain on December 14.
Alicia Kearns, the Tory chairperson of the UK’s Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “The consul general and five others brutalized a refugee on British soil. And rather than being expelled or prosecuted, they’ve been allowed to slip off, flee like cowards, which makes their guilt even more evident.”
Iran summons China’s envoy to express ‘strong dissatisfaction’
Earlier in December, Chinese Party leader Xi Jinping visited Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia, where he also met with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). During this meeting, China and the UAE released a joint statement that included several sensitive clauses that specifically addressed Iranian affairs, the country’s nuclear program, and regional operations. One of them read, “The leaders affirmed their support for … all endeavors of the United Arab Emirates to reach a peaceful solution to the issue of the three islands; Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa, through bilateral negotiations in accordance with the rules of international law.”
In other words, China had successfully undermined Iran’s position that it would not consider holding any negotiations on the islands. As a result, Iran was unhappy, and according to Iran International, it summoned China’s envoy to Tehran to express unhappiness over the joint statement. Iran’s domestic media also joined the condemnation. On December 11, the Arman daily used the headline “Taiwan independence is a legal right” as its front page report.
On December 14, China sent another official to meet Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. According to the state-run Iranian news agency, the Iranian government expressed “dissatisfaction” with the statement and “demanded compensation.”
BBC journalist beaten, kicked, and arrested by Chinese police
In late November, a large-scale protest broke out across China. Hundreds of thousands took to the street to show their anger with the “zero-COVID” policy. During this demonstration, also known as the “White paper movement,” BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was arrested in Shanghai while covering the protest. The BCC said, “He was held for several hours before being released. During his arrest, he was beaten and kicked by the police. This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.”
The British media has not received a proper explanation or apology from the CCP.
Xi Jinping accuses Trudeau of leaking discussion to media
A rare clip taken during the G20 summit in Indonesia showed Xi Jinping giving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau an unpleasant moment. According to Charles Burton, a former diplomat to China, Xi’s attitude was “quite dismissive and threatening.” He told CBC, “He certainly wouldn’t speak like that to the U.S. president. So it does suggest that Mr. Xi has a degree of disdain for the prime minister and does not see Canada as an important partner.” CBC also cited another translation of Xi’s words from The Canadian Press, which read, “we should have conversations in a respectful way, otherwise, the result can’t be predicted.”
Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan
China has always been aggressive about Cross-Strait relations. However, the conflict intensified when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plan to visit Taiwan. The CCP immediately replied with a bunch of threats. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a briefing, “there will be serious consequences if she insists on making the visit.” He added, “The People’s Liberation Army [PLA] will never sit by idly. China will take strong and resolute measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The CCP also rushed to put on a military show and sent Chinese ships close to the median line between China and Taiwan. There were military jets in the area, too.
The retaliation scheme was followed by a video produced by the Peoples Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command. The video shows scenes of the Chinese military army preparing for battle. For example, a line in the video said, “stand by in battle formation, be ready to fight upon command, bury all incoming enemies.”
Yet, even though Pelosi landed safely in Taiwan, the CCP’s threats remain on paper.