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Newsline: China’s ‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’ Is Catching up with US-led Sanctions Against Russia

Rather than joining America and its allies in sanctioning Russia for invading Ukraine, China is using “wolf diplomacy” to advance its international agenda. For instance, last month, a Global Times editorial blamed the U.S.-led sanctions against Russia for rising food and energy prices, which have helped push Sri Lanka’s economy off the cliff. This month another Global Times editorial accused Washington of “dragging South Pacific into the geopolitical game” by planning to expand military bases in the Solomon Islands — that’s something China has already been doing by signing a security agreement with the island nation. Meanwhile, there’s China’s wolf diplomacy in the South China Sea, where Beijing has been trying to intimidate its neighbors with some success (e.g., the Philippines). And there’s China’s wolf diplomacy in Taiwan Strait, where Beijing tells everyone to stay away from Taiwan, which it considers an integral part of the motherland. (https://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-wolf-warrior-diplomacy-catching-us-led-sanctions-against-russia-3487972) While helping advance its international agenda, “wolf diplomacy” serves Beijing’s domestic agenda to reconcile power, too.

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