On the same day that Trump shocked by suggesting "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" — China has charged the White House with stoking a new Cold War for the cynical purpose of finding a scapegoat to gem up fervor among Trump's base.
China's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said Thursday in response to a media question that linked the ongoing trade war with the November US election that "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," Reuters reports.
"We have all seen what is happening in the United States, they tried to scapegoat China, they want to blame China for their problems," he said. "We all know this is an election year," the ambassador said.
"They want to do anything including treating China as an enemy," Liu said. "Probably they think they need an enemy, they think they want a Cold War but we have no interest, we keep telling America, China is not your enemy, China is your friend, your partner."
While not referencing Trump over Democratic contender Joe Biden directly, Liu's comments were clearly directed at the ratcheting Trump administration pressure campaign targeting Beijing.
The interview and comments came on the heels a state-run Global Times article the day prior. GT often serves as an unofficial foreign policy arm of Beijing signaling the communist government's intent and messages to the West.
The publication strongly suggested Wednesday that soaring tensions with China will be used of Trump to facilitate an October surprise.
It began by saying that "Chinese experts said on Tuesday that China could be restrained on retaliating to new US provocations on politics, diplomacy or economy, because Chinese policymakers will not let the Trump administration use them for his reelection, and will wait for the presidential election result to decide how to respond."
"However, if Washington launches military provocations to challenge the bottom line of China's national security and sovereignty, China will make immediate and effective retaliations. Experts said whether or not the two major powers can avoid military conflict in the next three months depends on the White House, and China needs to make its deterrence 'more visible' to warn the US about how dangerous a war could be," Global Times wrote.