In what could be interpreted as a critique of the "Wolf Warrior" diplomats, Yang Jiemian, Senior Fellow and Vice President at SIIS, a think-tank administered by the Shanghai municipal government, gave a keynote speech at the "China International Issues Forum 2021" on June 19.
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To begin, he advocates for gradual changes rather than "great leaps" in accordance with the Marxist materialist view of history. 2/
Second, China should continue to be a unique voice in the international community ('seize the main contradiction'), but its diplomacy should be compatible with the rest of the world:
"No matter how powerful or large our population is, China is always just a part of the world, so our diplomacy should be compatible with all under Heaven, and accept that all rivers eventually run into the sea"
Third, quoting Deng, who cited Mao, who cited the Book of Han, Yang calls for pragmatism in "seeking truths from facts" and dialing back the rhetoric: "The CCP's 19th National Congress report stated unequivocally that we have been a developing country for a long time and...
"...that this is not going to change quickly. Deng Xiaoping stated that the primary stage [of socialism] would last for several generations, a dozen generations, or several hundred years; this concept still needs to be solidified."
Finally, he believes that "the West has largely failed to study the theoretical system of Chinese diplomacy" and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. To that, Yang suggests to "continue to promote the Sinicization, contemporaryi-zation, and popularization of Marxism, ... 7/
"...carry on the excellent cultural traditions of the Chinese nation, and build and develop a strong diplomatic theory of Chinese characteristics in closer interaction with the international community."

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