Don’t forget: China lied, people died.
China’s propaganda campaign to deflect blame away from them for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic continues as many diplomats and embassies opened Twitter accounts.
Get ready to use that “fake news” flag on Twitter!
The state of play: Many of them are now using the social media platform to post accusations, boasts and name-calling directed at governments and individuals they feel have insulted China.
- This aggressive strategy is known as “Wolf Warrior diplomacy,” named after a patriotic Chinese action movie from 2017 in which a Chinese soldier saves the day in a series of adventures across Africa. (The film’s popularity in China boosted it to become the highest-grossing non-English film ever.)
What they’re saying: “What’s behind China’s perceived ‘Wolf Warrior’ style diplomacy is the changing strengths of China and the West,” an April 16 article in the Chinese tabloid Global Times stated. “The days when China can be put in a submissive position are long gone. China’s rising status in the world, requires it to safeguard its national interests in an unequivocal way.”
- But, but, but: The target of Chinese diplomatic ire often isn’t Western countries, but developing nations like India and Venezuela.
Axios also captured a few examples:
Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands Xu Hong:
Chinese Embassy in India spokesman Ji Rong:
“The Chinese Embassy in Caracas criticized unnamed Venezuelan officials for referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese’ or ‘Wuhan’ virus and ended the angry Twitter thread by telling the officials to ‘put on a face mask and shut up.'”
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