China’s most prominent Wolf Warrior diplomat, Zhao Lijian, has been moved from his previous position as Foreign Ministry spokesperson to a new post as Deputy Director of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs.
While the shift is technically a lateral move, some see it as a sign that Beijing is retreating from Zhao’s signature combative approach. It is also notable that the spokesperson role was traditionally led to more prominent positions – Qin Gang, the new Foreign Minister, used to be a spokesperson – and the move seems to have derailed Zhao’s progress along that path.
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