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Pence accuses China of 'malign' campaign to undermine Trump

05 Октября 2018

In a blatant attempt to invert the script on election "meddling" and interference, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused the Chinese government of seeking to undermine USA democracy and charged, without evidence, that Beijing is acting malevolently because "China wants a different American president". But US officials and independent analysts say they have not detected the kind of systematic manipulation of social media and email hacking Russian Federation was accused of in 2016. "We will not stand down", the text said.

She said China was a "builder of world peace" with no interest in meddling in USA elections.

Neither Mr Trump nor Mr Pence provided hard evidence of Chinese meddling.

The Trump administration also asserted Thursday that Chinese "economic aggression" has helped undermine the global competitiveness of defense-oriented US industries.

China hit back furiously on Friday, branding Pence's accusation as "ridiculous", groundless and slanderous.

Pence alleged that China was waging a sophisticated influence campaign aimed at swaying the November 6 elections against Trump's Republican Party in retaliation for his trade policies against Beijing.

"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 was to say.

Highlighting the Trump administration's focus on renewed great power competition with China and Russian Federation, the vice president insisted that the United States will employ "decisive action to respond to China".

China has maintained a calm tone as USA language escalates.

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The document stated that China must "strike accurately and carefully, splitting apart different domestic groups" in the United States, the vice president said.

"The U.S. side has sent warships into waters near China's islands and reefs in South China Sea time and again, which has posed a grave threat to China's sovereignty and security, severely damaged the relations between the two militaries, and significantly undermined regional peace and stability", the Ministry of Defence said in response to the latest clash. He said this was now not sufficient from the US side. "For example, Google should immediately end development of the "Dragonfly" app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers".

China has maintained a calm tone as U.S. language escalates.

Pence's speech at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington marked a sharpened USA approach toward China that goes beyond the bitter trade war between the world's two biggest economies and includes disputes such as cyber activities, Taiwan, freedom of the seas and human rights.

He said that Chinese officials have tried to persuade business leaders to condemn administration policy, using methods such as denying a business license to a corporation if it didn't condemn those policies.

The democratic, self-governing island is home to nationalists who fled in 1949 after losing China's civil war and has waged an increasingly lonely campaign for diplomatic recognition as the Republic of China.

-Beijing's censors edit or outlaw USA movies that criticize China.

National security adviser John Bolton said much of what the US knows about Chinese activities in the United States remains classified.

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