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Pence to address China in Hudson Institute speech

Pence to address China in Hudson Institute speech”

Speaking at the right-wing Hudson Institute, Pence told the audience that "China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections".

But reaction to the vice president's remarks by critics on Thursday, however, warned that Pence and the Trump administration are playing a risky game.

The president told the United Nations that China was retaliating against his administration for the trade practices it had employed.

Over half an hour, Mr Pence condemned China's growing control at home and overseas, citing examples of religious oppression, human rights abuses, visa delays and denials for scholars, and even intimidation campaigns against Chinese students in the US. Nor has any official said election infrastructure has been targeted by China or any other foreign adversary, though several have stressed that a number of foreign actors have the will and the capability to engage in election interference.

Pence described the encounter in which a Chinese naval vessel came within 45 yards (41 meters) of the USS Decatur as "reckless harassment", and repeated a USA refrain: that the United States Navy "will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows and our national interests demand".

Despite recently exchanged tit-for-tat tariffs targeting $260 billion worth of bilaterally traded goods and Washington's newly introduced sanctions on the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, China said it remains committed to working with Washington as long as it's done with "mutual respect".

Mr Pence also joined other U.S. officials in denouncing Beijing's crackdown on minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

Sounding the alarm, Pence warns other nations to be wary of doing business with China, condemning the Asian country's "debt diplomacy" that allows it to draw developing nations into its orbit.

The unusually expansive and aggressive criticism of Beijing by a senior U.S. official indicated that Washington could be preparing to take a more confrontational approach with China on issues beyond just the trade dispute.

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.

"The United States Navy will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever global law allows and our national interests demand", Pence said. "We will not stand down".

Pence called on one firm in particular to stop cooperating with China.

China "has taken a sharp U-turn toward control and oppression", Pence said.

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.

"China's aggression was on display this week", he said, referring to a unsafe encounter between the People's Liberation Army Navy destroyer Lanzhou and the United States destroyer USS Decatur in the hotly-contested South China Sea Sunday.



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