Senior Fellow Kristine Berzina spoke to BBC about China’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy during the coronavirus pandemic. 

China has dispatched an increasingly vocal cadre of diplomats out into the world of social media to take on all comers with, at times, an eye-blinking frankness. Their aim is to defend China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and challenge those who question Beijing’s version of events.

“This is very unusual from what we have come to expect from China,” said Senior Fellow Kristine Berzina. “In the past, China’s public face has been to show a positive image of the country. There has been an encouragement of friendship. Cute panda videos would be much more common than harsh take-downs of various government policies. So this is a really big departure.”

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