Chinese government officials — including President Xi Jinping — were given a briefing last month that showed anti-Sino sentiment is gaining ground globally, according to a Reuters report.
The report also points out that hostility is growing in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and that has strained relations with the US, which could lead to a confrontation between the two countries.
Readers will recall that I laid out this scenario last month.
A new Cold War appears to be forming among the hardest hit nations in the EU and other western allies over China’s obfuscation and reaction to the initial outbreak in Wuhan.
The report issued out of the Ministry of State Security concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Reuters reports.
Trump administration officials concur on pointing the finger at China for not being forthright and honest during the early days of the outbreak.
The working hypothesis of the outbreak originating in a Wuhan bio lab is gaining more acceptance with the virologist community and yet the World Health Organization and Chinese communist officials often cited a Wuhan wet market as the source.
The difference between the origination source being a bio-lab versus a food wet market is huge and would have certainly changed how the world treated the pandemic early on.
While I do not see a hot war emerging between China and the US, certainly a new Cold War with economic sanctions will be used.
President Trump has already stated numerous times that our intelligence agencies are digging in to get to the truth of when China knew the worse on Covid-19 and why it took so long to alert the world.
The other angle being probed is why WHO acted like a communist China government proxy for so long and not put staff on the ground early to get real data.
Given China’s expansive economic plans through its Belt and Road initiative, I suspect the US and European Union countries will use this situation and enforce sanctions to somewhat cripple China’s global ambitions.