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Asia political expert and author Gordon Chang accused China’s President Xi Jinping of using coronavirus to even the playing field for his dreams of world domination. President Xi Jinping and Chinese officials have repeatedly denied that there is any coronavirus conspiracy and that they have willingly spread the deadly disease, however. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Chang claimed President Xi is keen on China dominating the world rather than see a strong influence from the West.
Mr Chang said: “China wants to rule the world.
“First of all it is a communist country and communism is a world-wide revolutionary movement.
“Also, Xi Jinping has been hinting that the world should be ruled by China.
“He talks about these notions of world-wide Chinese rule. And uses the same imagery and the language of Chinese emperors in that regard.
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“Xi Jinping is making it clear that there shouldn’t be a Western civilisation of competing states but there should be this global harmony, essentially China ruling the world.”
Mr Chang also claimed he believed China had behaved maliciously during the coronavirus crisis and spread the virus willingly, despite the denial from the Chinese Government.
He said: “China maliciously spread this disease beyond its borders.
“We, of course, don’t know what was in Xi Jinping’s mind.
“But after having seen what the coronavirus did to cripple China, if he wanted to level the playing field by spreading the disease beyond his borders, he would have done exactly what he did do.”
Mr Chang also highlighted past instances that suggested this could be the communist leader’s future plan.
He said: “His foreign minister Wang Yi in September 2017 wrote an article that said Xi Jinping thought and it is important to remember that a thought in communist party lingo is an important ideological body of work.
“He wrote that Xi Jinping thought he had made innovations on and transcended 300 years of western international relations thinking.
“If you take 2017 and subtract 300 years you almost get to 1648, so along with his time he was referencing the treaty of Westphalia which established the current international order.
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“By use of the word transcended he was saying that he should be no sovereign states or no more of them than China.”
Mr Chang concluded that when combined with Xi Jinping’s statements it creates a dangerous rhetoric.
Mr Chang said: “When you put this in connection with Xi Jinping’s statements using these imperial era notions we have got to be concerned. We have got to be concerned China doesn’t want to compete with Britain or the United States. He wants to overthrow that order with world-wide Chinese rule.”
Despite the claims, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has insited Beijing is willing to work in harmony with the UK.
“It is hard to imagine a global Britain that bypasses or excludes China,” he said. “Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, decoupling from growth and decoupling from the future.”
The Chinese official added that once the Brexit and COVID-19 issues are dealt with, “there will be unlimited prospects for China-UK co-operation in areas of trade, financial services, science and technology, education and healthcare”.
He said he hoped the two countries have “enough wisdom and capabilities” to manage their differences “rather than allowing anti-China forces and Cold War warriors to kidnap the China-UK relationship”.
“Great Britain cannot be great without independent foreign policies,” he said.
Meanwhile China has consistently urged the United States to stop what it describes as virus slander.
The US should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, the Chinese government’s top diplomat Wang Yi said in May.
State Councillor Wang, speaking at his annual news conference on the sidelines of China’s parliament, expressed his deep sympathies to the United States for the pandemic.
“Regretfully, in addition to the raging coronavirus, a political virus is also spreading in the United States. This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and smear China,” said Wang, who is also China’s foreign minister. Some politicians have ignored the most basic facts and concocted too many lies about China and plotted too many conspiracies,” he added.
“I want to say here: Don’t waste precious time any longer, and don’t ignore lives,” Wang said. “What China and the United States need to do the most is to first learn from each other and share their experience in fighting against the epidemic, and help each country fight it.”
“China has always advocated that, as the world’s largest developing country and the largest developed country, both of us bear a major responsibility for world peace and development,” he said. “China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation, and lose from confrontation.”
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