Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK, claims that "the reason why Chinese diplomats have to fight wolf wars is because there are wolves in this world (因为世界上有狼，中国外交官才要做"战狼")".
In the more specific context of Sino-US relations, Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, notes that the attitude of the Chinese government, think tanks, media and public opinion towards the United States has changed significantly in the past two years, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis3. For a long time before that, China-US relations were seen as a top priority, with the belief that the principle of "hiding talent and biding time (韬光养晦)" should be upheld in policy towards the US. Today, these views have faded from the mainstream public opinion platform and have been replaced by the idea that China should adopt a tit for tat policy approach and retaliate against all hostile US moves. Wang Jisi also predicts that Sino-American information, public opinion and diplomatic wars will become the new normal, China will no longer tolerate attacks from the US and will not hesitate to confront the US.