Beware the spirit of the Wolf Warrior

Summoning the forces of nationalism anywhere in the world invites the risk of a bite-back

The film Wolf Warrior 2 has managed that special feat of entering the lexicon.

Wolf Warrior has become the byword for a mood in Beijing that sees little reason to stand down before adversaries. Its primary audience is domestic, showing the Chinese public they are living in a strong country built by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But this sort of narrative is also dominant globally, where political leaders are stoking nationalist and nativist fires at home to bolster themselves.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2020, with the headline 'Beware the spirit of the Wolf Warrior'. Print Edition | Subscribe