Speaking to RT news, Josef Gregory Mahoney, a political professor at the East China University, claimed US President Donald Trump has adopted a conflicting narrative against China to paint the Communist Government as both an "evil genius" and an administration "inept" in its managing of the coronavirus pandemic . The negative rhetoric has sparked fears of a new Cold War-like conflict between the two major powers which Professor Mahoney characterised as "deeply worrisome".
He said: “There is a stereotype in a certain sense where China is this evil genius that is capable of creating this pathogen that invades and destroys America.
“And Trump even characterises it as an attack that eclipses Pearl Harbor.
“But at the same time, there is this contrasting narrative that China is unable, China didn’t do a good job managing it.
“You’ve got this combination of evil genius and completely inept and illegitimate government, opportunistically trying to exploit any kind of negative narrative that can be imagined and promoted as a conspiracy theory, finally to distract other from failures.
“In this case that its (the US) operating principle, it is to blame others. Although I don’t think we can really have a Cold War like before, I think people are imagining it and pushing us towards something like it.
“So it’s deeply worrisome.”
It comes as the US government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for US airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese air carriers to file flight schedules with the US government.
The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks with China had failed to produce an agreement.
The US Transportation Department, which is trying to persuade China to allow the resumption of U.S. passenger airline service there, earlier this week briefly delayed a few Chinese charter flights for not complying with notice requirements.
In an order posted on a US government website and seen by Reuters, the department noted Delta Air Lines and United Airlines want to resume flights to China in June, even as Chinese carriers have continued US flights during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The order said Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines Co, Hainan Airlines Holding Co and their subsidiaries must file schedules and other details of flights by May 27. The department warned it could find Chinese flights "contrary to applicable law or adversely affect the public interest."
Earlier on Friday, the US Commerce Department added 33 Chinese companies and institutions to an economic blacklist for alleged human rights violations and to address U.S. national security concerns involving weapons of mass destruction and other military activities.