Two very skilled and specialized writers on China-related matters, Frank Fang and Cathy He, have examined how China’s wolf diplomats fight the political war against China in The Western Hemisphere. Commentaries on the motivations for Beijing’s diplomacy are among them.

Chinese diplomats have repeatedly threatened and slandered countries such as France, Venezuela, and the United States in the opening months of this year.

The first face-to-face encounter between U.S. government officials and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) diplomats occurred in Alaska on March 18, 2021.

According to the two reporters, the CCP displayed a clear style of wolf diplomacy at this encounter.

Chinese diplomats have reacted angrily to U.S. criticism of the CCP’s powerful tactics at home and abroad.

Each side has two minutes to reach an agreement, according to the diplomatic convention. However, Mr. Yang Jiechi, a senior Chinese politician, and diplomat went over his allotted time by giving an introductory speech that lasted more than 15 minutes.

Mr. Yang chastised the United States for “struggling with democracy, a bad record on human rights, and unfair trade and foreign trade policies.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan reacted in defense of the United States. 

Mr. Yang said he should have reminded the U.S. side to heed his tone in his respective starting remarks.

Diplomats from the CCP accused the United States of speaking “in a condescending tone” and violating diplomatic decorum. Mr. Yang Jiechi remarked that the United States is unqualified to converse with China.

At an ASEAN regional security meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Mr. Yang Jiechi made a similar effort. Twelve countries expressed worry at the time about Beijing’s increasing aggression in the disputed South China Sea. “China is a giant country, and other countries are small ones, and that’s a truth,” Yang Jiechi raged.

Rise of the ‘War Wolf’

The CCP deployed war wolf diplomacy last year when Beijing fiercely resisted international criticism for its cover-up of the CCP virus outbreak.

Since then, CCP officials have frequently reacted angrily to international criticism of the CCP’s activities on Twitter and other platforms.

The CCP used the term “war wolf” after releasing a Rambo-style series of the same name in China. CCP diplomats become agitated, verbally aggressive, and unduly hostile and threatening due to the “war wolf” attitude.

To demonstrate, the authors provide several examples of War Wolf diplomacy.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian accused the U.S. Army of delivering the virus to Wuhan in a tweet on March 12, 2020, saying the U.S. owes China an explanation.

“The purpose of the allegation is to divert public attention from the investigation of the virus outbreak and the possibility that it leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan,” said Frank Fang and Cathy He.

Also, in March, Venezuelan officials referred to the virus as the “Chinese” virus or the “Wuhan” virus. The Chinese embassy loudly demanded that Venezuelan officials “wear masks and shut up.”

In November 2020, Mr. Zhao Lijian posted a staged photo depicting a man dressed as an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife next to the neck of an Afghan child.

Mr. Zhao posted the image and commented that he was shocked by the Australian soldiers killing Afghan civilians and prisoners.

“We vehemently condemn such acts and call on them to be held accountable before the law,” Zhao said.

In response, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the tweet a “disgusting slanderous comment” against the Australian armed forces and demanded an apology from Beijing.

Where does “wolf war” diplomacy begin?

The two authors argue that the basic concept of “War Wolf” originates from Mao Zedong’s thought, which is at the core of CCP ideology.

Chinese media reported that then–CCP leader Mao Zedong told Beijing’s first diplomats, “Diplomacy is a political struggle. People do not fight with weapons. People fight with people’s pen and people’s words,” emphasizing the Party’s expansive doctrine of political warfare,

This strategy calls for using any and all tactics without the need for all-out military attacks to defeat the enemy.

Republishing a 2020 article from a local newspaper, the city authority of Nantong, a city in Jiangsu province, China, states that there is an equivalent “wolf nature” in the qualities of those who have absolute loyalty to the CCP.

A 2006 social science article analyzed how a “wolf culture” exists in Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and computer maker Lenovo. Former Huawei employees have previously said that the company has enthusiastically promoted “wolf culture,” a philosophy that founder Ren Zhengfei drew upon from his experience with the Chinese military.

Officially confirmed

CCP officials have openly endorsed this style. Last May, Liu Xiaoqing, then China’s ambassador to the U.K., told China state broadcaster CCTV that Chinese diplomats should act like “War Wolves.”

Months later, at a daily briefing in Dec. 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she “doesn’t see any problem living with that “War Wolf.”

Beijing also claims it has the support of the people to engage in such diplomacy. In Dec. 2020, the Global Times reported that in a recent survey of 1,945 people in 16 Chinese cities, 71.2% said that Beijing should adopt a “war wolf” foreign policy.

According to Mr. Anders Corr, owner of the Journal of Political Risk and founder of Corr Analytics, the CCP’s methods ultimately backfired.

“Other countries quickly realized what it was. Its crudeness counters it. Countries respond through closer economic and military coordination and coalition building,” Corr said.

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