Chinese Consul General “War Wolf” Threatens Japan and Taiwan over Ukraine
Rarely, the criticism is so strong that he turns to explain himself, but it is an abomination that “adds fuel to the fire.
Article on February 28th 2022 by Tsuyoshi Yoshimura
Tsuyoshi Yoshimura （After graduating from Nihon University College of Law, he joined the Sankei Shimbun in 1990. He was first assigned to the Hanshin Bureau, and then to the Social Affairs Department of the Osaka and Tokyo headquarters, where he covered cases, government administration, the Imperial Household, and other topics. From 2006 to 2007, when he was in charge of the Kansai Bureau of the Evening Fuji Newspaper, he studied at the University of Taiwan on a company-sponsored program. After returning to Japan, he completed the first half of the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Integrated Social Information Studies, Nihon University. He holds a Master’s degree in International Information Studies from the Graduate School of Integrated Social Information Studies at Nihon University. After serving as Okayama Bureau Chief, Hiroshima Bureau Chief, and a member of the editorial board, he will retire at the end of 2019. He has been freelance since then. Mainly covers foreign residents in Japan and issues related to China and Taiwan. He is a part-time lecturer at Tokai University’s Faculty of Maritime Science and Technology. Author of “Asia Kofu-roku” (MdN Shinsho, 2021). Co-author of “The Weight of Life: Kobe Child Murder Case” (Sankei Shimbun News Service, 1997), “Rebuilding Education” (Sankei Shimbun Publications, 1999), “Why Brands Crashed: The Depths of the Snow Brand, Sogo, and Mitsubishi Motors Incidents” (Kadokawa Bunko, 2002). His academic articles include “Ma Ying-jeou Administration’s Policy toward Japan and Cross-Strait Policy as Read from Newspaper Reports: Focusing on the Japan-Taiwan Private Fisheries Cooperation Arrangement” (2016). He is a member of the Japan Press Club. Member of the Japan PEN Club, MC and commentator for YouTube programs “Yoshimura Takeshi’s Asia Newspaper Roku” and “Talking Taiwan, Going Taiwan” (Hyper J Channel), etc.)
Weak people should not pick fights with strong people.
Consul General Xue Jian of the Consulate General of China in Osaka, the leader of the “war of words” in Japan using social networking services, also sparked off a tweet when Russian troops invaded Ukraine.
Immediately after the invasion, he tweeted in Japanese, “Weak people should never be foolish enough to fight with strong people. The tweet was criticized in Japanese, Chinese, and English as an attempt to intimidate Taiwan and Japan, resulting in a barrage of criticism on social networking sites, including “disqualified diplomat.
Xue was immediately forced to explain the incident as a “misunderstanding” and “perversion,” but further criticism focused on his explanation of the online video of a man beating a chicken with a stick, which he compared to Russia and Ukraine. Once again, his dignity as a diplomat is being called into question.
The Diplomatic Sense of a War Wolf Diplomat
When the U.S. military pulled out of Afghanistan, he tweeted a derogatory comment about Afghans clinging to U.S. planes and being shaken down from the sky, and when an international human rights group decided to close its office in Hong Kong on the grounds that freedom of speech was no longer guaranteed by the National Security Law, he called it “pest control. Xue has often been criticized for his radical statements. His inappropriate comments have even been considered a kind of “artistic style” by some of his fanatical fans, but now Xue’s inappropriateness is becoming even more pronounced.
On February 24, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Xue responded to a video of Zhao Shaokang, chairman of Taiwan’s major radio station China Broadcasting Corporation (Taipei) and a member of the largest opposition KMT party, expressing concern about over-stimulating China, citing the situation in Ukraine. In a post on Twitter titled “One major lesson to remember from the Ukraine issue” in Japanese.
<“Weak people should never be so foolish as to pick a fight with strong people!
Even if some other strong person somewhere promises to stand behind me and cheer me on.”
In this connection, it is also important not to pick chestnuts out of the fire at the instigation of others.
The “peace of the Olympics, ruined” firestorm.
This could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate and deter the Tsai administration, which relies on the United States as its “backer” in confronting China, and the Japanese community, which sees a “Taiwan contingency” as an “equal Japan contingency” and is wary of China’s aggressive moves in the East China Sea, in line with the United States. In response to Xue’s tweet, a flood of replies in Japanese and Chinese were posted criticizing him for “ruining the peaceful atmosphere of the Olympics,” “being an unfit diplomat,” “being unfit as a human being before being a diplomat,” “truly strong people do not bully the weak and help the weak,” and so on.
Some of the replies included a frame from the cartoon “Doraemon,” in which Xue was accused of being insane with the line “Poor Xue,” or a caricature of China being sericaded by the powers at the end of the Qing Dynasty, with the sarcastic remark “You are absolutely right.
Uncharacteristically, the explanation spurred further criticism.
Perhaps flustered by the flood of criticism, Xue, who is usually very bullish, posted a related tweet on the following day, the 25th.
Thank you for the attention your post yesterday received! While blurting out, “My true intentions were not understood by some, and there were misunderstandings and perversions, which are totally unintentional and regrettable! He explained that “‘reliance on strength and weakness and bullying the weak’ is not Chinese diplomacy.
I just happened to see this video on the Internet, and it’s almost exactly what I want to convey, so please watch it! I hope this helps with your situational awareness! (Gassho mark).”
In the online video cited in the tweet, the words “America and the guys” are covered on several poultry flocks in a garden, and “Ukraine” is covered on one distant poultry, and “Ukraine” challenges the person covered with the word “Russia” and is immediately followed by a stick from the person (Russia) The content is that the person is struck down.
However, in response to this, the Japanese, Chinese, and English words “Wakari yasui” (“Easy to understand! The replies were critical and admonishing, such as “Oyaa 没有曲解你的発言，請放心” (No one is perverting your statement, rest assured), “Persona non grata” (Undesirable person for a diplomat), and “Please give us a calm analysis of the situation as well as a hopeful message for the future. A string of such incidents seems to have added fuel to the fire.
Glimpses of dismay
Xue’s Japanese-language tweets have been so extreme and of questionable dignity that he has been derided as a “war wolf diplomat of words” for his comments related to the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other countries. In contrast, however, he has often used gentle language toward Japan, where he is based, focusing on topics such as baby pandas and regional cultural exchanges.
However, the current communication stands out in that it could be interpreted as a threat or a warning to Japan, and it is apparent that he responded with some dismay to the furious reaction of the Japanese community, possibly due to the complaints from the Japanese embassy in Japan and his home country. As a result, the “follow-up tweets” were awkward and poured fuel on the fire in a way that could hardly be described as an explanation.
As if to balance the situation with Xue, Tokyo Ambassador to Japan Kong Hyeon-woo, who opened a Twitter account in late October last year with the slogan of “friendship and exchange” and “mutually beneficial cooperation,” and who has stated that his SNS activities are based on the “philosophy of ‘harmony is the best policy,'” has not been seen in public for a long time. This may have something to do with Xue’s recent rightward and leftward moves and actions.
Disappeared Ambassador Kong, Temporary Acting Ambassador Rivals
Since January of this year, Mr. Kong has had his chief of staff, Mr. Yang Yu, serve as “acting ambassador,” while Mr. Kong himself has only been seen publicly in video messages on Chinese New Year’s Day and other occasions.
Yang and Xue are close in age, and both are considered to be in the running for the next ambassador’s post at the Japan Desk. Xue, who has been following Yang’s lead from Osaka, is said to have been conscious of his reputation in his home country, where he has been conducting war-wolf diplomacy, for his radical tweets on the U.S., Taiwan, and other issues. This has taken the form of a discomforting situation. This “blunder” may have given Yang’s rival for the acting ambassador’s seat an excuse to undermine him.
As this writer has independently reported in the past, the post of Consul General in Osaka has been a difficult one for Xue, bearing in mind that the former Consul General in Osaka, Mr. Luo Tian Guang, died suddenly and mysteriously while on a temporary return to Japan, and that Xue’s predecessor, Mr. He Zhenliang, disappeared after only about 10 months in office and went down in the same position. It is also true that this is an egregious post for a Chinese diplomat.
Anti-Russian Demonstrations Thrive in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Stoking a Sense of Crisis
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainians living in Japan held a protest demonstration in Hachiko Square at Shibuya Station in Tokyo on March 26, with Japanese and Americans in Japan supporting them, as well as volunteers from the former Soviet Union, including Russia, denouncing Russian President Putin and saying “Peace to Ukraine! The “Killing of the Kurdish people” was the first such call.
The author, who actually visited the site, found that the crowds were so large that they filled the narrow plaza, and he confirmed the participation of people from Taiwan, including Hong Kong democracy activists whom he knew well, and confirmed once again that the situation that broke out in Ukraine in distant Europe is directly connected to the alarm over China’s hardline stance in Asia. The result was a great success.
Ironically, Xue’s radical social networking postings have further stimulated a sense of crisis in Japanese society and among Taiwanese and Hong Kong residents in Japan, which has no doubt contributed to the success of the anti-Russian demonstrations.