United States vice president says China interfering in American politics

Daniel Fowler
October 5, 2018

Additionally, Pence warned of the influence by Chinese media outlets, warning that China Radio broadcasts in American cities, while China Global Television Network reached more than 75 million Americans.

In the prepared remarks provided by his office, Pence charges that China is targeting "industries and states that would play an important role in the 2018 election" as it responds to Trump's protectionist trade tariffs on China.

Troubling, Mastro added, the framing of China as a "meddler" in US elections recreates the unhelpful "Cold-War ideological battle" which is not good for ongoing and future relations.

Relations between the world's two largest economies have plummeted in recent weeks with Mr Trump placing US$250 billion (S$345 billion) in tariffs on Chinese goods, in part over charges that Beijing forces United States companies to hand over technological know-how.

The allegations have raised questions as to whether Trump and his aides are trying to deflect attention from an investigation of his campaign's possible ties to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and also set up China for the blame if Republicans do poorly in election.

"As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country", Pence told an audience at the Hudson Institute, a conservative research organization.

Trump has justified his tough trade policy against Beijing with accusations that China steals US intellectual property and limits access to its own market.

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The speech comes as the USA and China engage in an escalating trade dispute, after Washington imposed tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing retaliated with its own taxes on American goods.

"This is nothing but speaking on hearsay evidence, confusing right and wrong, and creating something out of thin air", Hua said in a strongly worded statement.

Mr Pence called the confrontation "reckless harassment". Meanwhile, earlier this year, the Trump administration banned government employees from buying tech from Chinese tech firms, Huawei and ZTE.

"It is very ridiculous for the United States side to stigmatise its normal exchanges and cooperation with China as China interfering in its internal affairs and elections", Ms Hua said. China considers the self-ruled island a wayward province. "And while our administration will continue to respect our "one China" policy, as reflected in the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, let me also say that Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people", Pence was to say.

One of the most pressing concerns is Beijing's control over the supply of critical technologies and materials, which could pose a significant risk to U.S. industries that are vital to national security, the report said.

"Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows and our national interests demand", Pence explained. China "has taken a sharp U-turn toward control and oppression", Pence said, adding: "A new wave of persecution is crashing down on Chinese Christians, Buddhists and Muslims".

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