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China’s wolf warrior ambassador is a hit in Beijing, not Paris

By Arthur Kaufman

07 May 2023 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

Lu Shaye, China's ambassador to France, has a reputation for antagonizing his hosts. His latest media stunt—denying the sovereignty of ex-Soviet states—has degraded bilateral relations, FP writes.

Antoine Bondaz, a research fellow at the French think tank Foundation for Strategic Research, recalled his first encounter with Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador to France, in their BFM TV debate in February 2020: “What really surprised me was that there was an entire Chinese delegation in the room. It was like the prince and his court.

“It was very French,” he joked.

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