CCP Appoints More High-Level Government Spokespersons, Indicating ‘Wolf Warrior’ Diplomacy Will Continue

February 12, 2021 Updated: February 14, 2021

The Chinese communist regime has announced more appointments in spokesperson positions for central and regional governments in 2021, including new ministerial-level positions.

Analysts believe this move by Chinese leader Xi Jinping is to strengthen his grip over official rhetoric in a continuation of his “wolf warrior” approach to international diplomacy.

On Feb. 9, the Information Office of the State Council of the Communist Party of China (CCP) released a list of spokespersons for 2021. It names 262 individuals, including 161 for central government agencies and 101 for regional government offices—an increase of 14 from 2020, with six additions for the central government and eight for regional government appointments.

The United Front Work Department, the International Liaison Department, and the Central Taiwan Affairs Office (Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council), all departments of the CCP’s Central Committee, were among those assigned a ministerial-level spokesperson for the first time.

At the local level, the spokesperson positions for provincial party committees have all been upgraded to deputy ministerial-level provincial party committee standing members.

A spokesperson for the “Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps” was added to the list of local and provincial press spokespersons, served by a deputy ministerial-level member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee.

Tang Jingyuan, a China analyst based in the United States, told The Epoch Times, “The expansion and reapportionment of the press spokespersons are intended to strengthen the official ‘wolf warrior’ tone of the CCP.

Zhao Lijian’s ‘I am a hooligan and I am not afraid of anyone’ style of wolf warrior diplomacy as the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson may become a model for CCP spokespersons at all levels in the future,” he said.

He added that he believes Xi will “continue to take the more aggressive diplomacy route” in the form of his “wolf warrior” diplomacy.

“This year marks the 100th year of the founding of the CCP, and next year at the 20th National Congress of the CCP, Xi Jinping faces re-election,” he said. “Domestically, Xi needs to strengthen his control of domestic public opinion. Abroad, ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy, a diplomatic approach set by Xi, must remain strong. Especially after [U.S. President Joe] Biden took power, Xi Jinping judged this to be a period of strategic opportunities for the CCP.”

Luo Ya and Xiao Lusheng contributed to this report.