Exclusive: Internal Chinese report warns Beijing faces Tiananmen-like global backlash over virus

  
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Exclusive: Internal Chinese report warns Beijing faces Tiananmen-like global backlash over virus
BEIJING (Reuters) - An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters.

Communist China is facing more than the ire of America.  They will soon discover that other nations do not like having their people killed by the incompetence of Chinese "scientists" and having their Communist government try to cover it up.


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BEIJING (Reuters) - An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters.

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.

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.

The report was drawn up by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China’s top intelligence body.

Reuters has not seen the briefing paper, but it was described by people who had direct knowledge of its findings.

“I don’t have relevant information,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson’s office said in a statement responding to questions from Reuters on the report.

China’s Ministry of State Security has no public contact details and could not be reached for comment.

CICIR, an influential think tank that until 1980 was within the Ministry of State Security and advises the Chinese government on foreign and security policy, did not reply to a request for comment.

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.

Relations between China and the United States are widely seen to be at their worst point in decades, with deepening mistrust and friction points from U.S. allegations of unfair trade and technology practices to disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and contested territories in the South China Sea.

In recent days, U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a more difficult re-election campaign as the coronavirus has claimed tens of thousands of American lives and ravaged the U.S. economy, has been ramping up his criticism of Beijing and threatening new tariffs on China. His administration, meanwhile, is considering retaliatory measures against China over the outbreak, officials said.

It is widely believed in Beijing that the United States wants to contain a rising China, which has become more assertive globally as its economy has grown.

The paper concluded that Washington views China’s rise as an economic and national security threat and a challenge to Western democracies, the people said. The report also said the United States was aiming to undercut the ruling Communist Party by undermining public confidence.

Chinese officials had a “special responsibility” to inform their people and the world of the threat posed by the coronavirus “since they were the first to learn of it,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in response to questions from Reuters.

Without directly addressing the assessment made in the Chinese report, Ortagus added: “Beijing’s efforts to silence scientists, journalists, and citizens and spread disinformation exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis.”

A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council declined to comment.

REPERCUSSIONS


The report described to Reuters warned that anti-China sentiment sparked by the coronavirus could fuel resistance to China’s Belt and Road infrastructure investment projects, and that Washington could step up financial and military support for regional allies, making the security situation in Asia more volatile.

Three decades ago, in the aftermath of Tiananmen, the United States and many Western governments imposed sanctions against China including banning or restricting arms sales and technology transfers.

China is far more powerful nowadays.

Xi has revamped China’s military strategy to create a fighting force equipped to win modern wars. He is expanding China’s air and naval reach in a challenge to more than 70 years of U.S. military dominance in Asia.

In its statement, China’s foreign ministry called for cooperation, saying, “the sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations” serve the interests of both countries and the international community.

It added: “any words or actions that engage in political manipulation or stigmatization under the pretext of the pandemic, including taking the opportunity to sow discord between countries, are not conducive to international cooperation against the pandemic.”

COLD WAR ECHOES


One of those with knowledge of the report said it was regarded by some in the Chinese intelligence community as China’s version of the “Novikov Telegram”, a 1946 dispatch by the Soviet ambassador to Washington, Nikolai Novikov, that stressed the dangers of U.S. economic and military ambition in the wake of World War Two.

Novikov’s missive was a response to U.S. diplomat George Kennan’s “Long Telegram” from Moscow that said the Soviet Union did not see the possibility for peaceful coexistence with the West, and that containment was the best long-term strategy.




The two documents helped set the stage for the strategic thinking that defined both sides of the Cold War.

China has been accused by the United States of suppressing early information on the virus, which was first detected in the central city of Wuhan, and downplaying its risks.

Beijing has repeatedly denied that it covered up the extent or severity of the virus outbreak.

China has managed to contain domestic spread of the virus and has been trying to assert a leading role in the global battle against COVID-19. That has included a propaganda push around its donations and sale of medical supplies to the United States and other countries and sharing of expertise.

But China faces a growing backlash from critics who have called to hold Beijing accountable for its role in the pandemic.

Trump has said he will cut off funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), which he called “very China-centric,” something WHO officials have denied.

Australia’s government has called for an international investigation into the origins and spread of the virus.

Last month, France summoned China’s ambassador to protest a publication on the website of China’s embassy that criticized Western handling of coronavirus.

The virus has so far infected more than 3 million people globally and caused more than 200,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.


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XDm9mm
1  seeder  XDm9mm    3 weeks ago

President TRUMP is NOT the topic.   

Communist China and their incompetence is.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1  Heartland American  replied to  XDm9mm @1    3 weeks ago

I was about to seed. A version of this from The Daily Caller which carried the Reuter’s report then saw it here.  Great seed!  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Heartland American @1.1    3 weeks ago

Thank you.   I was trying earlier, but for some reason this site had issues with it, so I changed sources and went right to Reuters.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

I can see a scenario where nations form agreements, based on the lessons of this horrendous pandemic, which punish China. For example I can envision an agreement banning the sale of medical supplies to China in the future.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    3 weeks ago
I can see a scenario where nations form agreements, based on the lessons of this horrendous pandemic, which punish China. For example I can envision an agreement banning the sale of medical supplies to China in the future.

I'm seriously hoping for a new WHO to replace the Communist mouthpiece currently operating.   Let those nations harmed by this abomination pick the people that would run it but keep it out of the UN and it's puppet masters.

I would also hope that other nations realize exactly how dependent they've also allowed themselves to become on COMMUNIST CHINA and it's essentially slave labor, and restore their own production capabilities.   Leave the Chinese finger locks, lanterns, fireworks and silk ties to China.  Nothing else.

Lets see exactly how productive and effective China is when they're not stealing technology.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1    3 weeks ago
I'm seriously hoping for a new WHO to replace the Communist mouthpiece currently operating. 

We've been asleep for decades. The biggest mistake we made was thinking that letting them into the WTO would make them civilized.  We have a lot to do now. We have to designate strategic industries that must produce products here in the US for the US. On top of all that we have to develop a vaccine for this curse before they do!

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.2  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    3 weeks ago
We have a lot to do now.

Unless Democrats get out of the way, that will be difficult.  Hell, their likely Presidential candidate believes we need more "intercourse" with them.

We have to designate strategic industries that must produce products here in the US for the US.

We can START with specific strategic industries, but we MUST ensure we make an environment that will make it beneficial for all American manufacturers to repatriate their operations here to America.   If they insist on Chinese facilities, fine, but for Chinese consumption only.

On top of all that we have to develop a vaccine for this curse before they do!

A vaccine is nice, but a viable anti-viral could possibly be as effective.   Hell, we still don't have vaccines for HIV/AIDS, some hepatitis, or the common cold, and may never have one.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.2    3 weeks ago
Hell, their likely Presidential candidate believes we need more "intercourse" with them.

God help us all if "senile Joe" ever gets elected. If you listen to tapes of Biden from 2016, you can easily see how far he has deteriorated in just 4 years. He will be nothing but a proxy for the liberal elite.

We can START with specific strategic industries, but we MUST ensure we make an environment that will make it beneficial for all American manufacturers to repatriate their operations here to America. 

We want that kind of environment for all businesses, but in the case of certain industries like Medical research, Pharma, Medical supplies or even Steel, we must employ federal powers. I know how that must sound, but we can see that relying on free enterprise vs determined authoritarian states will not be enough. What was done with Freddie Mac & Fannie May in the housing sector is what I'm thinking. Sort of a quasi government/private company to fulfill National needs.

A vaccine is nice, but a viable anti-viral could possibly be as effective.

Next week one of the trial drugs will be released to hospitals.The development of a vaccine is moving at warp speed!

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.4  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.3    3 weeks ago
God help us all if "senile Joe" ever gets elected. If you listen to tapes of Biden from 2016, you can easily see how far he has deteriorated in just 4 years. He will be nothing but a proxy for the liberal elite.

Hell I can see a debate now.  Jill standing next to Joe with her hand up his ass moving his mouth while someone off stage speaks.

We can START with specific strategic industries, but we MUST ensure we make an environment that will make it beneficial for all American manufacturers to repatriate their operations here to America. 
We want that kind of environment for all businesses, but in the case of certain industries like Medical research, Pharma, Medical supplies or even Steel, we must employ federal powers. I know how that must sound, but we can see that relying on free enterprise vs determined authoritarian states will not be enough. What was done with Freddie Mac & Fannie May in the housing sector is what I'm thinking. Sort of a quasi government/private company to fulfill National needs.

I honestly don't believe it will require that.  Maybe some sort of enhancement to the SBA to allow for much larger federal guaranteed loans, but that should do it.  I'll submit that the vast majority of companies have now recognized the 'error of their ways' as it has impacted them directly like nothing before ever has.  America and it's 'regulations' is a far cry superior to Communist China and their DICTATES.

Of course, some things need to be legislated as a MUST develop and manufacture here.  Drugs are a good place to start in addition to heavy industries like steel.  We also need to design and build our communications infrastructure here.  Computers AND the components that make them up.  Most of that can also transition to telecommunications networks very easily.  Hell, the "telephone" companies of old actually built and operated the largest "networks" before computers and the internet were even glints in the eye of their designers.

A vaccine is nice, but a viable anti-viral could possibly be as effective.
Next week one of the trial drugs will be released to hospitals.The development of a vaccine is moving at warp speed!

I know there are a lot of vaccines being 'tested', but they'll take quite a while to test and produce.  Anti-virals are already available.  It's just finding the right combinations to use.

 
 
 
Snuffy
2.1.5  Snuffy  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.4    3 weeks ago
I'll submit that the vast majority of companies have now recognized the 'error of their ways' as it has impacted them directly like nothing before ever has.

I really have to disagree with this statement. Large corporations won't be bothered by their errors so long as they can continue to keep shareholders happy. The markets will recover and most corporations will continue to look for the fastest way to a bigger bottom line. IMO one of the worst degrees ever conceived was the MBA as the majority of them look only at short term gains rather than long term impact.

As much as I hate to say it (as the federal government seems to fuck up almost anything they get involved in) that this fix will require the federal government to be involved.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.4    3 weeks ago
Of course, some things need to be legislated as a MUST develop and manufacture here. 

Do you realize the magnitude of what China has done? Please read Shari Markson's report in "The Daily Telegraph."

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.7  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.3    3 weeks ago
Sort of a quasi government/private company to fulfill National needs.

Not at all reminiscent of say, USSR or China?

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Heartland American
3  Heartland American    3 weeks ago

The article mentions and the daily caller highlighted the part about armed conflict between us and China.  I totally don’t see that happening at all. How could anyone think that we would try to invade them?  Even over this...unless it’s because they intend to divert their restive population away from their mismanagement by starting a war with Taiwan or South Korea or Vietnam or even India.  I could see them sending some aid to a North Korea invasion of the south while they invade Taiwan in a way to divide our response to Taiwan. They might even do a surprise missile attack on Guam first.  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Heartland American @3    3 weeks ago
The article mentions and the daily caller highlighted the part about armed conflict between us and China.  

That will be the decision of China.   I feel confident that we would never fire the first shot.  India or Russia might if it hurts them too bad and their people suffer.

I totally don’t see that happening at all. How could anyone think that we would try to invade them?  

Any invasion talk is very likely being tossed out their by the Communist Chinese propaganda machinery.

Even over this...unless it’s because they intend to divert their restive population away from their mismanagement by starting a war with Taiwan or South Korea or Vietnam or even India.  I could see them sending some aid to a North Korea invasion of the south while they invade Taiwan in a way to divide our response to Taiwan. They might even do a surprise missile attack on Guam first.  

China is finding they are being backed into a corner by not only us, but many nations around the world.  Will they be stupid enough to start a shooting war with anyone?   They have grandiose plans for the future, but to get their they would need to survive to get there.   And a shooting war sure as shit ain't the way to accomplish that.

 
 
 
Heartland American
3.1.1  Heartland American  replied to  XDm9mm @3.1    3 weeks ago

I’m sure our leaders have thought of this but if they do a Pearl Harbor like missile attack on our naval and air assets in Guam and Japan and then immediately invade Taiwan and assist in the invasion of South Korea while our runways are in ruins they might be able to take both quickly and force us to decide between giving them up or waging a multi year war to try to recover them.  I know or at least think that to be a worst case scenario and hope that they are more rational than that.  They may settle for trying to nationalize their populations attitudes in their favor by taking over Hong Kong now instead of 2047 and blame the need to do so on all the western economic and political ideas hostile to the regime among the people living their who like America more than the nation of their ethnic background.  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
4.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4    3 weeks ago
they aint seen nothing yet.

They'll be permitted to keep silk ties and personal fireworks for export.   Other than that, NADDA.

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1.1  Heartland American  replied to  XDm9mm @4.1    3 weeks ago

Forget the silk ties.  We can get those from Japan. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

If Trump is off topic here, so should Biden be off topic.  As you stated, this is about China.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5    3 weeks ago
If Trump is off topic here, so should Biden be off topic.

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PS...  I seeded the article.  Don't like it don't comment.  PERIOD.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1    3 weeks ago

It was just a suggestion.  [Deleted]

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.2  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

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Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

Let's see the report.  Oh, it's not available?  Pity. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
6.1  seeder  XDm9mm  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    3 weeks ago
Let's see the report.  Oh, it's not available?  Pity. 

Try to get it pried from the COMMUNIST PARTY for us Buzz.  You do live their under their domination after all.  Don't you have access to all the higher ups being an influential foreigner?

 
 
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