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Xi Jinping would like to portray a gentler China to the global community but appears to only listen to an academic whose articles "smack of a wolf warrior."   © Reuters
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Analysis: Xi's 'lovable' China is wolf in sheep's clothing

Beijing eager to propagate own governance style, but world has no appetite

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.

TOKYO -- When President Xi Jinping at the end of last month told his fellow Chinese Communist Party leaders that China should seek to become "humble," "credible," "lovable" and "respectable," many observers initially welcomed the pronouncement as a possible shift away from the internationally notorious "wolf warrior diplomacy."

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