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China’s new, hardline ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy is supposed to cement its dominance — but it’s also uniting its rivals abroad and dividing people at home

A faction of Chinese diplomats have been stepping up their attacks on China’s critics by issuing hawkish, offensive statements. It’s called “wolf warrior” diplomacy, named after a movie franchise about a Chinese soldier who fights and defeats foreign foes. In recent weeks, China’s wolf warriors have spread a conspiracy theory […]
China’s new, hardline ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy is supposed to cement its dominance — but it’s also uniting its rivals abroad and dividing people at home
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Boris Johnson took another page out of Trump’s book by sending a family member — his dad — on a diplomatic mission

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley has been conducting “extremely useful” unofficial diplomacy with the Chinese, according to reports accidentally sent to the BBC. Stanley Johnson met with Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming on Tuesday to discuss the two countries’ response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the BBC reported. The prime minister’s father, […]
Boris Johnson took another page out of Trump’s book by sending a family member — his dad — on a diplomatic mission
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A former Trump official, a democratic senator, and Iran-watchers all agree: Mike Pompeo is terrible

Since becoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has embodied the Trump administration’s aggressive, make-no-apologies approach on foreign policy. Most recently, Pompeo has defended the White House’s justifications for the strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general. In lashing himself to Trump’s legacy, Pompeo has made himself indispensable – […]
A former Trump official, a democratic senator, and Iran-watchers all agree: Mike Pompeo is terrible
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A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy

US troops are still in Syria, despite President Donald Trump’s high-profile announcement about their withdrawal. By relying on the military for solutions to the crisis in Syria, the US is foreclosing what is likely its best option to achieve its goals: a diplomatic resolution, writes Defence Priorities fellow Shahed Ghoreishi […]
A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy