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Tensions escalate between the US and China over the coronavirus. China warns they could lead to military confrontation in a report


<b>Tensions escalate between the US and China over the coronavirus. China warns they could lead to military confrontation in a report</b>The report, which was presented to top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacres.
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The Chinese government internal report warned 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, according to Reuters. The report was written by the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, China's top intelligence agency. The think tank advises the Chinese government on top foreign and security policy. State media said US claims that the coronavirus originated in a research laboratory are "absurd". Internet rumors have alleged that the 39-years-old director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Wang Yanyi, is responsible for the pandemic that is ravaging the world. The rumors are claiming that she often takes experimental animals out of the P4 laboratory to sell them at the Huanan Seafood Market, where the novel coronavirus outbreak was first reported. The market also sold fowls, rodents, foxes, suids, marmots, rabbits, bats and even salamander. The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is known to study coronaviruses in bats. President Donald Trump has insisted on describing COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus," despite critics calling the label racist. In April, Trump was asked whether "lax safety protocols" allowed such a virus to escape via an intern and her boyfriend. Trump did not confirm the theory, but said: "More and more we're hearing the story." Last week, he was asked if he had seen evidence that gave him a "high degree of confidence" that the virus emerged in the Wuhan laboratory. He answered "Yes I have", but did not provide details about the source of that information. In a mid-April interview with Bild, a German daily tabloid newspaper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated the blame on China for the coronavirus outbreak. "There will be a time when the people responsible will be held accountable. I am very confident that this will happen," he said. Trump and his administration's repeated blame on China for the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has exacerbated worsening relations between the two global superpowers amidst a war trade and disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and other contested territories in the South China Sea. Chinese authorities are also concerned over the backlash of the United States' view of China as a rising economic and national security threat and a challenge to Western democracies. "The historic challenge for leaders is to manage the crisis while building the future. Failure could set the world on fire", former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed about the "surreal atmosphere" of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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