By: Jianli Yang

Did Xi Jinping really put a halt to the aggressive behavior of Chinese diplomats? Not really.

At a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo study meeting held on the afternoon of May 31, Xi Jinping instructed his colleagues that they must “tell a good Chinese story,” “propagate the voice of China,” ensure that China has an “international voice” that matches its “comprehensive national power and international status,” “grasp the right tone,” “be modest and humble,” “pay attention to the strategy and art of the ‘public opinion struggle,’” and “make Chinese discourse more persuasive.” This seems to indicate that the Chinese government has realized that “wolf warrior diplomacy” has placed China in a more difficult state of affairs on the international scene. Consequently, Xi Jinping wants to make certain adjustments to China’s so-called “wolf warrior diplomacy.”

However, it was Xi Jinping himself who initiated China’s wolf warrior diplomacy. It originated from Xi’s concepts of the “self-confidence of a great power”, the “Chinese model,” the “Chinese plan,” and a “community with a shared future for mankind.” Moreover, it was Xi himself who bolstered the Chinese public’s sense of nationalism as part of a strategy to further consolidate his power and increase his prestige. Over the past two years, Xi Jinping demanded that Chinese diplomats demonstrate a “fighting spirit” and take a tough stance on Sino-U.S. relations and international challenges. Furthermore, the rise of “wolf warrior” diplomacy is precisely in line with the high-profile establishment of the Research Center for Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy and the lavish praise bestowed upon Xi for guiding China’s diplomatic practices towards historical achievements. According to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, “Xi Jinping is a great strategist.”

Xi Jinping’s diplomatic philosophy is based on a series of notions about China and the world.

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