Pence accuses China of 'malign' campaign to undermine Trump

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The strategy was evident on Thursday, when US Vice President Mike Pence accused China of using trade and its military to undermine the US political system and exploit American businesses.

"We urge the US side to correct its wrongdoing, stop groundlessly accusing and slandering China and harming China's interests and China-US ties, and take concrete actions to maintain the sound and steady development of China-US relations", Hua said.

In what was billed as a major policy address, Mr. Pence sought to build on Trump's speech at the United Nations last week in which he alleged that China was trying to interfere in the pivotal November 6 mid-term elections.

He pointed out that the tariffs imposed by China to date specifically target industries and states that will play an important role in the 2018 midterm elections, with more than 80 percent of US counties targeted by China having voted for Trump in 2016.

China has deemed Friday as "unjustified" and "ridiculous" the accusations of the american vice-president Mike Pence, according to which Beijing will might eat in the elections in the United States.

Chinese ships routinely patrol around the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan, he said.

He was speaking at a Washington think tank.

He also slammed Beijing for placing a multi-page advertisement extolling the virtues of US-China trade in the Des Moines Register, the highest-circulation newspaper in Iowa, a swing state whose longtime governor Terry Branstad is Trump s ambassador to Beijing. "Now China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

USA ordered Google to end its Chinese Search engine "Dragonfly" project.

In a blistering speech at a think-tank, Pence on Thursday alleged that China has mounted an unprecedented effort to not only meddle the upcoming USA polls, but also shape the public opinion of the country.

The Vice President while accusing China of military aggression, said that "Beijing was using its power like never before".

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"And the American people deserve to know it", he added.

The news about Google's intend to construct a controlled search engine in China broke in August when The Intercept detailed that the search platform would boycott "sensitive queries" about themes including governmental issues, peaceful protest, free speech, human rights, democracy and triggering internal protests among some Google workers.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Defense Ministry had earlier defended the step by saying that the USA was posing a threat to China's sovereignty by sending battleships to the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

"It's not even the same thing as the election interference", Watts said.

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.

"Even if you accept all of Pence's complaints at face value, it's hard to make the case that the administration's Cold War-style vilification of China will be effective or beneficial to US interests, since it's clearly pushing Beijing to intransigence, not compromise".

"To put it bluntly, President Trump's leadership is working".

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

"These actions threaten the stability of the Taiwan Strait - and the United States of America condemns them", Pence said.

Washington has long cited China as a major culprit in the hacking of US government and corporate databases.

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