A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology.
Both countries have scrambled over the last week to shape the international narrative surrounding both the inception and response to the COVID-19 virus.
Trump began resolutely referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” brushing aside concerns about whether the phrase is racist and will incite unnecessary anger inside China. Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all blamed China for the pandemic, and have called for more details on the origins of the virus.
“If the Chinese government had been more transparent early on, we’re talking late fall, December at least…all the nations of the world would have been able to get our arms around this and contain it in China where it began and prevent its propagation around the world,” Esper said Friday morning on Fox & Friends.
The two countries’ relationship — already under enormous pressure in recent years — is on the verge of imploding as both sides seek to assign blame for the virus’ origin and exchange tit-for-tat recriminations on other fronts, including expelling journalists.
As of 2019, the United States has the world’s largest economy and China has the second-largest although China has a larger GDP when measured by PPP. … China is the second-largest foreign creditor of the United States, after Japan. The two countries remain in dispute over territorial issues in the South China Sea.
And it seems that China wants to take this to another level.
China’s leaders have been told to prepare for a war with America amid the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, according to a Ministry of State Security report obtained by Reuters.
Chinese intelligence presented the report to top Communist Party officials last month, warning them about the fallout from China’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Leaders were warned the backlash could lead to an armed confrontation with the United States.
The report was presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping.
“The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said,” Reuters reported.
“As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.”
Reuters couldn’t determine to what extent the stark assessment described in the paper reflects positions held by China’s state leaders, and to what extent, if at all, it would influence policy. But the presentation of the report shows how seriously Beijing takes the threat of a building backlash that could threaten what China sees as its strategic investments overseas and its view of its security standing.
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