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Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. China's foreign policy has turned aggressive under President Xi Jinping. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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China's 'wolf warrior' diplomats roar at Hong Kong and the world

Xi Jinping's ambitious goal of overtaking the US at the heart of global tensions

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- There was a time in China when the foreign ministry was deemed so spineless, constantly flattering foreign countries, that an anonymous critic sent some calcium tablets for the diplomats. A memo was attached telling them to "strengthen their bones," a Chinese diplomatic source reveals.

Not today. China's hard line and highhanded "wolf warrior diplomacy" has captured the attention of observers both at home and abroad.

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