Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France
That Global Times was being targeted in a criticism by a well-known Chinese diplomat Wu Jianmin during a recent speech has become one of the most discussed topics in China these days. On March 30, Wu was invited as a speaker in China Foreign Affairs University. During his speech, Wu openly criticized Hu Xijin, editor in chief of Global Times, a state-owned English-language Chinese newspaper.
This debate highlights the two opposite opinions nowadays prevalently held by the people in China – Dove vs. Hawk.
Hu Xijin, chief editor of Global Times
“Global Times always publish articles that are very extreme and narrow-minded,” said Wu, member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Chinese ambassador to France, as well as former dean of China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.
“Last year, I was invited by Hu Xijin to attend a Global Times conference. At the beginning of the conference, Hu’s description of what’s currently happening in this world was all confusing. And this was what I said to them, ‘Your eyes have not seen the world in a full scope. You failed to see the major developments in this world and you failed to get hold of the main global trends,’” Wu said.
“I thought, this is today’s China. Hu is the chief editor of one of China’s mainstream media and he should be very knowledgeable, yet he fails to understand the current global circumstances,” Wu added in his speech.
In response to this criticism, Hu Xijin posted a statement on his personal Weibo account on April 7 under his own name. According to his post, the Global Times chief editor commented Wu Jianmin as truly the representative of the dovish diplomatic field. The chief editor went on to criticize Wu saying that Wu is far different from his predecessor Li Zhaoxing, whom Hu praised for his mission-oriented characters and excellent diplomatic skills. “The way Wu talked in his speeches was like reading from scripts. His only purpose was merely to have the media quote him,” Hu said.
Hu also said in the statement that Global Times will nevertheless continue to provide a platform for Wu, allowing him to publish his latest diplomatic thoughts and worldview.
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