Kelly McParland: Who exactly is Beijing trying to fool?

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China’s government appears set to launch itself into the post-COVID future committed to a diplomatic approach based on some simple notions: if insults don’t work, try threats. If that fails, go back to insults. Geng Shuang, Beijing’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, got in an early bit of abuse when he responded to a German envoy’s plea to release Canada’s two Michaels, Spavor and Kovrig, as a Christmas gesture. Noting that the German diplomat’s tenure on the Security Council was about to end, Geng sneered: “Out of the bottom of my heart: good riddance.”