Date
23 September 2017
China is a loveble kung fu panda fighting for justice, not some crouching tiger or hidden dragon waiting to pounce, according to a top diplomat. Photo: Bloomberg
China is a loveble kung fu panda fighting for justice, not some crouching tiger or hidden dragon waiting to pounce, according to a top diplomat. Photo: Bloomberg

It’s a kung fu panda, not a bull in a china shop

It seems China has been conducting diplomacy right out of a Hollywood script. 

And in case audiences miss the point, it’s not settling for anything less than blockbusters.

Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, apparently finds the whole thing useful.

In international relations, China is a kung fu panda, not an elephant in a china shop, Liu told senior military officials at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.

Liu compared the country to the lovable hero in the Hollywood cliffhanger Kung Fu Panda “fighting for justice”, according to the official People’s Daily.

China is a “participant, a constructor and maintainer of the current international system, not a troublemaker or wrecker,” Liu was quoted as saying.

In another analogy, he compared the country to a “peaceful, likeable, and civilized lion” rather than an elephant in a china shop.

Borrowing from the title of another Hollywood hit, he said it is “not a crouching tiger or hidden dragon awaiting a chance to seek revenge”.

And in an apparent dig at the United States, he said China will not adopt some Asian version of the Monroe Doctrine, the erstwhile US policy opposing European interference in the Americas.

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