China’s Coronavirus Diplomacy: Global Savior or ‘Wolf Warrior’?

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Beijing: China has played two roles in the global fight against coronoviruses: a generous donor of aid, filling the American void, and preparing a militant superpower to cut back critics.
Gone are the days of low-diplomacy promoted by the late leader Deng Xiaoping, who said Beijing should “hide its strength, brace its time”.
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Attitudes have changed under President Xi Jinping, who since taking office in 2012, has increasingly pursued a policy of confidence abroad.
The country has become more vocal this year due to attacks to combat the epidemic that began on its shores in December.
Beijing has pledged $ 2 billion in international aid to counter the Kovid-19 and sent Planeloids of medical devices abroad, and offered to make its potential vaccines available to all.
The strategy is to win friends on the world stage with China’s own economic use, with Xi’s signature belt and the Road Global Infrastructure program also increasing its influence overseas.
Jokli Che, a former Australian University diplomat and visiting professor at the University of Sydney, told AFP, “Chinese aid, like other countries, is part of its soft power and also has a commercial and political purpose.”
China has succeeded in China’s fight for influence with self-governing Taiwan and has drawn support against criticism of its treatment of Muslim minorities in far-western Xinjiang.
But mixed with its generosity is a new-found readiness to contend with geopolitical advisors, including the United States, Australia and France.
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This is a risky PR battle.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed China’s attitude at a press conference on Sunday.
“We never fight or threaten others, but we have principles and courage,” he said. “We will certainly fight against any malicious condemnation to protect national honor and prestige.”
Since last year Beijing has received a packet of “Wolf Warrior” diplomats, who use Twitter to vocally defend and promote a communist-led country – while ignoring that the forum Banned in mainland China.
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, a key member of the “wolf” pack, has raised eyebrows by promoting conspiracy theories that the US military may have brought the virus into China.
President Donald Trump has provided easy fodder for nationalist sentiment in China, calling the epidemic a “Chinese virus” and advancing ideas that originated in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan.
Relations between the two countries were already wounded by a terrible trade war, and Wang has warned that some American political forces are pushing them “to the brink of a new Cold War”.
Beijing-based independent political commentator Hua Po told AFP, “After Trump came to power, China has shown an inability to adopt repressive policies against China and can no longer maintain its low profile.”
The United States is not the sole target of Beijing’s ire.
In Australia, the Chinese ambassador threatened consumer boycott of the country’s products after calling for an independent investigation into Canberra’s origins and coronaviruses.
China’s ambassador to Paris was called by the French Foreign Ministry last month on a message on the embassy’s website criticizing the embassy’s western response.
The European Union’s head of foreign policy, Josep Borel, said on Monday that the 27-nation bloc should adopt a “more robust” strategy against the Asian veteran.
In a speech to German ambassadors, Burrell said, “China is becoming more powerful and assertive and its rise is impressive and raises respect, but also raises many questions and apprehensions.”
Beijing’s foreign policy is driven by the interests of the ruling Communist Party and in particular its preference to remain in power with the Kovid-19 crisis test, said Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Confidence in officials.
Tsang said, “Aggressive propaganda and ‘wolf-warrior diplomacy’ have made many diversions against China in the West, but this is to be paid for the more important purpose of China’s policy.”
While it may prove popular at home, winning friends on the international stage can be difficult.
Zhikun Zhu, a professor of political science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, said that China “faces a tough battle to improve its international image”.
“I don’t think China has won the PR battle because China’s soft power is weak and its narrative has been shut down as official propaganda,” he said.

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