China "wants a different American president" and is working to undermine President Trump and influence USA elections, Vice President Pence claimed Thursday in another sign of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Pence is accusing China of using trade, diplomatic overtures and military expansion to spread its influence around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere, and to work against USA interests.
"Beijing is pursuing a comprehensive and coordinated campaign to undermine support for the President", Pence said.
The Vice President cited USA intelligence agencies but offered no evidence to back up his claims.
Beijing quickly responded in a statement Friday, accusing Pence of "malicious slander" and urging the United States to "correct its wrongdoing".
"We are committed to joining hands with the United States to work for non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation".
"They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade", he said September 26 during remarks at a United Nations Security Council meeting in NY.
Trump added a few minutes later, "The farmers say, 'This man is fighting for us".
The report, which resulted from a Trump directive in July 2017 to assess the health of industries whose products and services are important to national defense, also accused China of "systematic theft" of US weapons systems and the illicit transfer of dual-use technology that has upset the military balance between the USA and China. The new round of tariffs from China are said to affect a list of 5,207 products within a range of 5 to 10% as both the USA and China have already slapped each other with tariffs worth $50 billion total.
It's essentially a China clause, with the Trump administration gearing up for trade war with Beijing. The hundreds of millions in dollars of tariffs he's levied against the country have escalated tensions with Beijing.
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In March, President Donald Trump rolled out tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and initially exempted some allies but then in late May lifted the exemption for Canada and Mexico.
The vice president's charge of election interference was part of a broader indictment of China's growing power and assertiveness. "The world wants what we have, and that's not a negative thing".
Congressman Tom Reed announced the United States and Canada have negotiated a new trade agreement, pending congressional approval, to eliminate trade barriers for farmers and improve dairy market access.
"Sadly, China's rulers have refused to take that path - so far".
"China wants a different American president", Pence will say, according to excerpts of prepared remarks from his office.
"The supplement, created to look like news articles, cast our trade policies as reckless and harmful to Iowans", Pence was prepared to say.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the 2018 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
"China will consistently pursue opening-up at its own pace and continuously carry out mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade co-operation with countries worldwide treating it in an equal-footed and friendly way".
Last month, a United Nations rights panel said it had received credible reports that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, which China says faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists. "Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people". "Working together with the #US, we look forward to the continued promotion of peace & stability in the region", she posted on Twitter.