USA vice president issues bellicose diatribe against China
USA vice president issues bellicose diatribe against China
Pence speech to slam China over threats, Taiwan
08 October, 2018, 08:45
United States Vice President Mike Pence claimed on Thursday that China was trying to influence the outcome of the country's future elections to remove President Donald Trump from power.
Pence also accused Beijing of showing its "aggression" when a Chinese navy vessel recently sailed in the dispute-ridden South China Sea near the USS Decatur destroyer, which according to USA officials had to make a quick detour to avoid collision.
Pence's speech served as a follow-up of sorts to Trump's charge before the U.N. Security Council last month that China was meddling in US elections to help Democrats.
Mr. Pence has accused Beijing of having "launched an unprecedented effort to influence the american public opinion, the elections", legislative of November "and the environment leading up to the presidential election of 2020".
"The relevant speech made unwarranted accusations against China's domestic and foreign policies and slandered China by claiming that China meddles in US internal affairs and elections".
Pence said China was waging a sophisticated effort to sway the elections against the Republicans in retaliation for Trump's trade policies.
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". After that election, the US intelligence community issued a public report concluding that the Russian government had directed an effort to help elect Trump.
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Much of Pence's remarks are meant to inform the public of what the US government terms as China's covert and overt influence campaign.
The Trump administration is planning to release a report Friday that accuses China of seeking to undermine the USA industrial base, and of posing a risk to the supply of materials and components for the USA military.
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Speaking on the tariffs levied on United States dollars 250 billion worth of imported Chinese goods, Pence fired warning shots towards Beijing by threatening to "levy even more, with the possibility of substantially more than doubling that number", reported CNN.
Pence also said China had deployed anti-ship and anti-air missiles on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, despite promises not to militarize them.
"China is intruding on the american democracy" and, "to say things in an abrupt manner, the leadership of the president, Trump works: China wants an american president is different", he started.
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A senior official in the Trump administration said on Thursday that the White House has chosen to embrace a much more assertive public approach in dealing with China. "Even scholars and groups who avoid Chinese funding are targeted by that country, as the Hudson Institute found out firsthand", he said.
Pence's speech comes a week after Trump stood in front of world leaders at the United Nations and accused Beijing of meddling in USA politics.
- Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website, he said.
The administration has responded not only with tariffs on Chinese exports but also with new restrictions on Chinese investment in the USA and a military buildup of its own.
"China has built a State surveillance unparalleled, which continues to grow and become more intrusive, often with the help of american technology", -he said.
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