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China's assertiveness and the rise of 'Wolf Warrior' diplomacy

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"Wolf Warrior diplomacy" is a term that has been used to describe China's new, more robust diplomatic response to countries critical of China.

What is the background to this "new" style of diplomacy?

Well, it gets its name from the two Wolf Warrior Chinese war action films: Wolf Warrior and Wolf Warrior II.

Wolf Warrior was directed by Wu Jing and starred Wu Jing and Scott Adkins in the main roles. The film took seven years to make. and was released in China on April 2, 2015. It earned $51 million on its opening weekend, a box office record at the time.

The better-funded sequel, Wolf Warrior II, was released in China on July 27, 2017. It is more sophisticated than its predecessor, and has been a huge commercial success - becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever released.

What is significant about these films is that they combine action and People's Liberation Army special forces in a way not seen before by Chinese audiences.

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