China says the United States is triggering a new Cold War as a number of American politicians are looking for a scapegoat to rally further support for President Donald Trump ahead of the US presidential election in November.
China and the US are at loggerheads over a host of issues, including a new security law introduced in Hong Kong, the origins and handling of the COVID-19 contagious disease, Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea.
Washington and Beijing have also been engaged in an unprecedented trade war resulting in sanctions and counter-sanctions. They have also exchanged harsh words for the past several months.
Trump considers China as the West’s main rival, accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of taking over trade and not telling the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic, which apparently originated in a Chinese city late last year.
The American president has even called the new respiratory disease the “China plague”, angering the Chinese government.
Beijing, in response, has fiercely defended its handling of the new coronavirus, repeatedly saying it “has been nothing but open, transparent and responsible” about the pandemic.
On Thursday, China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said Washington had commenced a trade war with China, which it would not win.
“It is not China that has become assertive. It’s the other side of the Pacific Ocean who want to start new Cold War on China, so we have to make response to that,” he said in a press conference, stressing that Beijing was not interested in any kind of war, let alone a cold one.