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China Rejects US Vice President's "Ridiculous" Election Meddling Charge

China Rejects US Vice President's

President Trump, in the meanwhile, tweeted that "the USMCA is a historic transaction!" Google, Pence said, "should immediately end development of the "Dragonfly" app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers", he said.

China's Defence Ministry said a Chinese naval ship had been sent to warn the United States vessel to leave and that Beijing had irrefutable sovereignty in the area.

"And that becomes just very, very hard to do".

US President Donald Trump last week accused China of attempting to meddle in the US midterm elections next month, while offering little in the way of evidence.

He said a Chinese naval vessel came within 45 yards of the Decatur 'as it conducted freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, forcing our ship to quickly maneuver to avoid collision. "They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade".

Pence said Beijing, with an eye not only to the congressional elections but also to Trump's 2020 re-election bid, 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 Trump has strong support.

Pence's speech is the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the US and China, as the two nuclear powers tussle over everything from trade to Taiwan and the South China Sea.

This could lead Mexico and Canada to remove their tariffs on US agriculture products, he said, but that would likely be far into the future.

The stipulations of the deal include opening Canada's dairy market to US imports, which was a sticking point in the negotiations.

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The initial hope for the U.S.is that the new round tariffs signals its relentlessness on the application of pressure to force China's hand in making a deal when actual negotiations finally materialize.

The speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington represented some of the most critical remarks about China by such a high-ranking US official in recent memory.

While China does maintain global efforts to influence overseas Chinese and has been accused of several high-profile cyber raids on American computer systems, there has so far been no public evidence of the sort of influence operations the USA has said Russian Federation carried out in 2016.

The vice president cited USA intelligence agencies but offered no evidence to back up his claims, which are likely to inflame relations between Washington and Beijing, already at their lowest point in years thanks to the burgeoning trade war, policy differences and United States allegations of political interference. Canada was free to pursue deals with other countries, as it has done and is still doing.

"In one recent example, they threatened to deny a business license for a major United States corporation if it refused to speak out against our administration's policies", the text said, without specifying the company.

He accused Beijing of "reckless harassment" in an incident on Sunday in which a Chinese naval vessel almost collided with a USA destroyer near the Spratly islands.

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

"We're continuing to urge the administration to drop the metal tariffs so that Mexico will remove the tariffs on pork", said Jim Monroe, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council.


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