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China's 'overreach' provokes growing ire

'Wolf warrior' diplomacy seen raising hackles of other countries

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From Washington to London and from New Delhi to Tokyo and Canberra, it is increasingly clear that Beijing's aggressive "wolf warrior" diplomatic strategy has raised the hackles of other powers, producing a widening backlash.

"Things have shifted dramatically in the region," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Straits Times at a State Department briefing on Wednesday, two days after he issued a strong statement aligning the United States with China's rival claimants in the South China Sea, including several Asean countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2020, with the headline China's 'overreach' provokes growing ire. Subscribe