China’s foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng has defended the use of rhetorical “tit-for-tat” after a string of recent controversies, saying it is a way of “solving the problems of being scolded” by other countries.
He also attacked the use of the term “Wolf Warrior” to criticise the aggressive rhetoric adopted by some Chinese diplomats, equating it to the “China threat theory” and saying it was designed to stop China from fighting back when criticised.
Le told a conference at Renmin University in Beijing on Saturday that it was a “misunderstanding of China’s diplomacy”, adding: “Now that they are coming to our doorstep, interfering in our family affairs, constantly nagging at us, insulting and discrediting us, we have no choice but to firmly defend our national interests and dignity.
“Obviously, ‘Wolf Warrior diplomacy’ is actually another version of the ‘China threat theory’, another ‘discourse trap’ that aims to prevent us from fighting back. I suspect these people [that gave us this label] have not awakened from their dreams 100 years ago,” Le added.