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Internal Chinese Report Warns Beijing To Prepare For Armed Conflict With US Over COVID-19 Backlash, Sources Say

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Chris White on May 4, 2020

An internal Chinese report warns Beijing officials that backlash from the coronavirus pandemic risks tilting China into a full bore armed conflict with the United States, Reuters reported Monday.

Anti-China sentiment hasn’t been this white-hot since the Tiananmen Square crackdown more than three decades ago, sources familiar with the paper told Reuters. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the report, which the sources say was presented to Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials in April.

China must be prepared for a confrontation between the two global powers, the sources said. A Chinese think tank, the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), which is affiliated with the communist country’s top intelligence body, drew up the report as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the U.S., where it has killed more than 67,000 people.

China had a responsibility to maintain transparency and warn the world about the virus “since they were the first to learn of it,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told Reuters.

Ortagus, who did not directly address the report in his response, added: “Beijing’s efforts to silence scientists, journalists, and citizens and spread disinformation exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis.” The National Security Council has not returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about the nature of the report.

A Chinese foreign ministry representative did not offer Reuters confirmation about the report, and China’s Ministry of State Security could not be reached for comment as it has no contact details, according to Reuters. The think tank that reportedly helped collect the report did not reply to Reuter’s request for comment.

The Chinese intelligence community believes the report is similar to the “Novikov Telegram,” a dispatch the Soviet ambassador to Washington, D.C. sent in 1946 to stress the dangers of U.S. belligerents against the Soviet Union, an unnamed source with information about the report told Reuters. The Novikov document helped set the stage for what would become the Cold War.

News of the internal report comes as President Donald Trump considers retaliatory measures against China over what he and other officials believe is the communist nation’s decision to hold off on warning the world about the severity of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed nearly 170,000 people worldwide.

“Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall Sunday, referring to China’s handling of the virus. “We wanted to go in, but they didn’t want us there. They made a mistake, they tried to cover it, like a fire … They couldn’t put out the fire.”

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    Nicko May 4, 2020

    Well, that certsinly puts a different slant on things.

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    Larry Hudson May 4, 2020

    Egregious gö socialist/communist cannot admit their virus and assist by telling the national of the world. Acting like socialist Democrats in the US

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    Drake Whitlock May 4, 2020

    The thing to do is that all American companies should bring back manufacturing to the U.S. temporarily sanction all imports from China and raise tariffs. Then, you will really see just what a “power” China is. China is NOT this great superpower the Communist press would have us believe. Likewise with the Soviet Union. The U.S. built up the Soviet Union after WWII as part of the one world government scheme. So it’s o different now. Also, the press has created mass hysteria over the virus. The virus is like a speck of dust compared to the Spanish flu in 1918. 100,000,000 people lost their lives worldwide. Just over 170,000 people have lost their lives. There is NO comparison. Accordingly, there is no need for such extreme isolation restrictions.

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    marc May 5, 2020

    Don’t fully blame China when Obummer and George Soiros are involved. This is more like Soros trying to start a fight. If the US wants to attack the culprit, go after Soros, guaranteed that you’ll have your man or coward, which ever way you choose to think of him…

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    Patrick May 5, 2020

    I work in the construction industry, I have for 44 years, there is NO WORKER that I have talked to, wants any products from China. We have had Chinese products SHOVED DOWN OUR THROATS FOR YEARS!! We DON’T need, or WANT CHINESE PRODUCTS THEY ARE JUNK! When are you CEO’s of these companies going to learn that we DONT WANT MADE IN CHINA! It is because of your greed that we are in this situation. Americans will pay more for quality so to all of you book smart CEO’s YOUR NOT AS SMART AS YOU THINK! We Despise you for all of this crap product that you continue to have made by a dollar day worker ! You have no morals or ethics! WHAT YOU DO HAVE IS GREED! By putting Americans out of work so you can pad your own pockets!

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