VP Pence: China 'Meddling in America's Democracy'

Vice President Mike Pence gestures to the crowd at Signature Flight Support at Spokane International Airport before heading into Spokane Wash. Tuesday Oct. 2 2018. Pence came to downtown Spokane to stump for Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers

Pence was to deliver an address at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, which is likely to increase tensions between the U.S. and China beyond trade disputes.

Experts say China is more known for conducting economic espionage.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. It goes beyond the bitter trade war between the world's two biggest economies and includes disputes such as cyber activities, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

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 and freedom of the seas. China's ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai - in an interview with National Public Radio aired shortly before Pence's address - said there was a "much larger need for cooperation" than competition with Washington. Google employees and others have protested the company's plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship.

Pence spoke days after Trump himself accused China of attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections. "The Russians do it".

"It is very ridiculous for the U.S. side to stigmatise its normal exchanges and cooperation with China as China interfering in its internal affairs and elections", Hua said.

Mr Pence said Beijing had "mobilised covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets to shift Americans' perception of Chinese policies" and was targeting its tariffs to hurt states where Mr Trump has strong support. "Can't talk now, because they're not ready, " Trump said on Monday after announcing a new trade pact with Canada and Mexico at the White House. China responded with $60bn in tariffs on American products. "To put it bluntly, President Trump's leadership is working; and China wants a different American President".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sharply criticized what he said was China's theft of U.S. technology on Thursday, and he urged Google to immediately end development of its "Dragonfly" app that would make it easier to track someone's internet searches.

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Trump has justified his trade policy by accusing China of stealing intellectual property and limiting access to its market.

The vice president said that Chinese security agencies have masterminded "the wholesale theft of American technology" and that Beijing works to steal United States intellectual property, leading to a "new consensus" among U.S. businesses about investing there.

Pence also assailed China over its actions in the South China Sea, where the USA has criticized the Chinese government for building military bases on reclaimed reefs.

Pence also criticized what he said was China's theft of US technology and urged Google to immediately end development of its "Dragonfly" app that would make it easier to track someone's internet searches.

The Pentagon is set to release a report Friday accusing China of seeking to undermine the USA military's industrial base, the latest in a series of U.S. jabs at Beijing.

"Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows and our national interests demand", Pence explained.

He will condemn a Beijing strategy document that stipulates China aims to "strike accurately and carefully, splitting apart different domestic groups" in the U.S. The democratically governed island, which China considers part of its own territory, has seen Beijing lure away several of its diplomatic partners in recent months.

Pence said China has responded to Trump's tough trade policies against Beijing with tariffs of its own created to inflict maximum political damage.

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