United States says China wants to kick Trump out of the White House

United States says China wants to kick Trump out of the White House

United States says China wants to kick Trump out of the White House

Vice President Mike Pence left his audience stunned during a speech to the Hudson Institute Thursday morning accusing the Chinese government of an "unprecedented effort" to undermine American democracy by operating "front groups" and propaganda outlets.

Mike Pence was "speaking on hearsay evidence, confusing right and wrong and creating something out of thin air", the Foreign Ministry said Friday, condemning the speech by the USA second in command at the Hudson Institute on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement that Pence in his speech had made "unwarranted accusations. and slandered China by claiming that China meddles in USA internal affairs and elections".

While Pence declared that behavior of Russian Federation "pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country", he only cited vague internal declarations by USA intelligence agencies and then pointed to an advertisement, purchased by the state-run China Daily newspaper, that was placed in the Des Moines Register that criticized the Trump administration's trade war tactics.

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The Chinese Embassy in Washington referred queries about Pence's speech to an interview that China's ambassador, Cui Tiankai, gave to National Public Radio on Wednesday. The two countries have imposed increasingly severe rounds of tariffs on each other.

"Chinese security agencies have masterminded the wholesale theft of American technology, including cutting-edge military blueprints and using that stolen technology". "For example, Google should immediately end development of the "Dragonfly" app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers".

Google declined comment, except to reiterate that its China search engine project was "exploratory" and not close to launch.

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"The Chinese side is firmly opposed to it", she said.

Pence also slammed China's militarization of contested areas in the South and East China Sea, its practice of "debt diplomacy" in developing countries, and its efforts to convince other nations to sever ties with Taiwan.

In excerpts of his speech seen by reporters, Pence was also to call attention to an incident in which a destroyer, the USS Decatur, traveled within 12 nautical miles (22km) of the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) on Sunday.

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"Beijing is pursuing a comprehensive and coordinated campaign to undermine support for the President", Pence said. "We will not stand down". China considers the self-ruled island a wayward province.

Pence also denounced China's manoeuvres in the South China Sea, its oppression of Christians, Muslims and other religious believers, and Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature infrastructure and foreign policy initiative. US officials have said they are considering targeted sanctions over alleged human rights abuses.

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