Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP
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Harsh tone of China’s envoys must give way to diplomatic language

  • Sensitive issues, such as how the coronavirus began, require a reasoned and measured response from Beijing, not belligerent outbursts

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who has made fiery remarks in defence of China, is seen in April. Photo: AFP
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