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Newsline: Chinese diplomat seen suggesting US carried out 9/11 attacks

A top Chinese diplomat appeared to suggest that the United States carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a tweet. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian shared a “What people think I do” meme on Twitter featuring various scenes of destruction from U.S. wars in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. A corresponding caption alleges that the scene is what each country thinks the U.S. does. However, in the slot for “What I actually do,” an image of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers is shown, suggesting that the U.S. itself carried out the 9/11 attacks. “Everyone needs a clear understanding of himself. So does a nation,” Zhao captioned the image. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/prominent-chinese-diplomat-suggests-us-carried-out-911-attacks/ar-AA10M4aY) Zhao is one of the main proponents of what is known as “wolf warrior diplomacy,” referring to a “jingoistic Chinese film franchise,” according to the Brookings Institution. This style of diplomacy features aggressive and controversial rhetoric from Chinese diplomats, frequently utilizing conspiracy theories to place blame on and troll Western governments. The Chinese Embassy did not respond to requests asking what the Chinese position is toward possible U.S. government involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

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