Beijing — China’s foreign ministry is warning against “an atmosphere of hysteria” in an election year, saying the United States, the European Union and others have exaggerated the potential impact of the populist movement.
The Communist Party’s main newspaper, the People’s Daily, on Wednesday urged the country’s rulers to refrain from taking actions that could harm the U.S. and European security, especially given the “grave threat” the United Kingdom is facing from Russia and China.
The party’s top decision-making body, the Central Committee, is expected to make its ruling on a petition for new leadership on June 29.
The China Daily, which is closely aligned with the Communist Party, said the petition, which has been submitted to the State Council, is intended to counter the U-turns and “counter the irresponsible rhetoric” of the U.
“America is on the brink of a crisis and a global nuclear war, and the United Nations Security Council and the U.’s allies are being drawn into a conflict,” it said.
“The people of the world will be shocked if the U.-S.
alliance in the region is undermined,” it added.
The United States and its allies have been trying to counter a surge of nationalism in China and elsewhere by calling for a “resilience to the reality of a new world order.”
But the People’ Daily said Beijing’s leaders have been more concerned about the potential fallout from “unprecedented social unrest” that has erupted in recent years in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and India.
It urged the leaders to “avoid any actions that may jeopardize the U., EU, and other allies’ security and sovereignty.”
China’s Foreign Ministry said the People for Democracy’s petition is an attempt to divert attention from “serious problems in the world and the world’s social stability.”
China has been one of the few nations to reject the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
The Chinese foreign ministry also said the Trump-led world has “a grave threat” of a nuclear war between the U, EU and Russia, adding that Beijing would “not tolerate any interference” in domestic affairs by Washington.
A similar petition to the U