Wolf Warrior diplomacy
’Wolf Warrior diplomacy’ refers to China’s recent foreign policy approach, characterised by a more assertive and combative stance in its diplomatic relations with other countries. The term is inspired by a Chinese action movie franchise called ‘Wolf Warrior’, which features a Chinese special forces soldier who fights against foreign enemies.
This approach involves a more aggressive defence of China’s interests and values, often at the expense of other countries’ sovereignty and national interests. This has been evident in China’s handling of disputes in the South China Sea, its relations with Taiwan, and its economic and political influence in Africa and other regions.
Some observers have criticised the Wolf Warrior diplomacy approach as counterproductive, as it can lead to increased tensions and conflicts with other countries. Others argue that it reflects China’s growing global power and assertiveness, and that it may be a necessary response to perceived threats to China’s national interests.