A hawkish Chinese state-controlled news tabloid is warning readers that Beijing is preparing for a “final act of madness” from Donald Trump in the waning days of his administration.
The Global Times – which is owned by the Chinese Communist Party and known for its inflammatory editorials – claimed that Chinese officials were preparing for Mr Trump to sabotage Joe Biden’s tenure by attacking China.
Since then, Mr Trump and his administration have tried to paint China as the scheming, irresponsible cause of the virus.
Trump and his allies began calling the virus the “China Virus” and used racist phrases like the “Kung Flu” when discussing the pandemic.
More recently, Mr Trump issued an executive order prohibiting US investments in Chinese firms.