An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE
Gregory Mitrovich
Opinion

Opinion

Gregory Mitrovich

With its ‘wolf warrior’ bullying tactics, China failed to learn from US path to global leadership

  • Instead of being an altruistic leader providing badly needed assistance during the pandemic, China’s bullying and coercion have damaged its global standing
  • America’s post-war dominance was built on the success of its plan to help Europe and Japan rebuild. Such behaviour should be an example to China

An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Alitalia Boeing 777 with a shipment of Chinese medical equipment for Italy sits at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome on April 7. Efforts to improve China’s image through distributing medical supplies to countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic have been overshadowed by ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy and other diplomatic missteps. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Gregory Mitrovich

Gregory Mitrovich

Gregory Mitrovich is the author of "Undermining the Kremlin: America's Strategy to Subvert the Soviet Bloc, 1947-1956", which was awarded the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was co-principal investigator for Columbia University’s "Culture in Power Transitions: Sino-American Confrontation in the 21st Century", funded by the Department of Defence Minerva Research Initiative. Mitrovich has held research fellowships at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Centre of International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His current book project is titled "Uncommon Challenger: The Epic Story of the Rise of the United States from the War of 1812 to the Second World War".