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Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S

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Kenny Thornton | 08 October, 2018, 08:46

Vice President Mike Pence charged China on Thursday with conducting a sweeping campaign aimed at meddling in the America's internal politics, and undermining U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hua called on the US to cease accusing and slandering China and harming the country's interests, and China-US ties and to take immediate action in order to improve relations between the two countries.

The comments follow Trump's announcement last week at the United Nations that China is seeking to interfere in the U.S.'s midterm elections slated for early November.

President Donald Trump first charged the Chinese government with meddling in the USA election last week during a United Nations Security Council session.

"By one estimate, more than 80 percent of USA counties targeted by China voted for President Trump and I in 2016; now China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

"Our intelligence community says China is targeting USA state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy".

He said business leaders must think twice before entering the Chinese market "if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing's oppression".

He delivered the speech to a right-wing Washington, DC think tank, the Hudson Institute.

The Trump administration plans to address supply bottlenecks and potential failure points, using the same strategy employed during the Cold War and World War II, pumping millions of dollars into United States companies that produce items critical to the U.S. military, like high-performance aluminum, steel, tungsten and carbon fibers. "Now China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

He urged Google to end development of its "Dragonfly" app that would make it easier to track Internet searches and strengthen Chinese censorship.

A report from the group said: "The speech is indicative of a broader shift across the USA government towards a more confrontational stance towards China".

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Pence said China was using its power like never before. He said China is unlikely to stop such activities or those that help shape the American public's views of China.

While Google maintains it is "not close to launching a search product in China", it's been reported several employees have resigned over the issue.

He pointed to a skirmish earlier this week in the South China Sea in which a Chinese navy vessel came within 45 yards of a USA warship on a routine mission to protect freedom of navigation.

In a speech at the Hudson Institute on Thursday, Pence said China has used covert actors, front groups, and propaganda in an attempt to sway USA public opinion.

"Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website".

In response to Pence's remarks, Taiwan's Presidential Office expressed its appreciation to the US government for its recognition of the country's democracy and support for its worldwide space.

He will add: "The United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows and our national interests demand".

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea.

He alleged that China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections.

When we see other countries taking advantage of our openness and our freedom of speech to try and push us in a particular direction, obviously favorable to policies China wants to see.

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