China’s assertive new diplomatic approach in the era of Xi Jinping has come to be recorded as “wolf warrior diplomacy”, stuck by a muscular posture in pursuing China’s vital interests.
What is wolf war diplomacy
“Wolf-warrior diplomacy,” was named on one of the famous Chinese dramas and movies, describing offensives by Chinese diplomats to defend China’s vital interests, often in offensive ways.
It emphasizes a presumed transition of Chinese foreign diplomacy from conservative, passive, and low-key to assertive and proactive roles.
In the last year, the Chinese foreign ministry has taken a growingly strident pitch against the United States, India, Australia, and other quad countries.
In the south China sea, China declared the naming of 80 islands, reefs, seamounts, shoals, and ridges, triggering angry protests from other claimants areas
China also tried to enter India from various places.
Why is China resorting to wolf-warrior diplomacy?
Nationalism: Since 2010, when China’s GDP overtook Japan as the world’s second-largest, the Chinese confidence rises and China’s foreign policy has become more assertive.
China as a great power: The earliest diplomatic offensive act of china is one of the parts of the official effort to project China as a great power that is leading the global fight against the COVID-19. China’s image was badly suffered during the covid crisis due to its bungled handling of the outbreak at the early stage.
How successful has this approach been in a holistic way–
The wolf-warrior diplomacy is already creating hurdles in China’s foreign policy, since it has created pushback, such as Australia’s calls for independent surveillance into the coronavirus’ origins.
China’s soft power is very weak worldwide; a lethargic approach will further damage China’s global image.
Wolf warrior tactics, along with its military assertiveness on the China-India border, has summed up pushing India much closer to the U.S., and pushing a billion plus-person economy.