China’s Ministry of State Security delivered to President Xi Jinping warnings of heightening anti-Chinese sentiment worldwide, which could lead to a direct military conflict with the United States, Reuters reported on Monday.
The analysis, reportedly given to Xi last month, concluded that “hostile feeling” towards China as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had risen to its highest level since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident.
The report allegedly comes from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, one of the country’s oldest international policy think tanks, affiliated with the Ministry of State Security.
A worst-case scenario outline in the report, according to Reuters, citing sources, included the possibility of a military exchange between the US and China.
The report concluded that the US considers China’s economic rise to be an economic and a national security threat, as well as a challenge to the political system encapsulated by Western democracy, according to Reuters.
The report delivered to Xi revealed that the US was attempting to undermine the ruling Communist Party by shaking public confidence in its competence.