Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
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Pence Urges Google to Axe 'Dragonfly' Search Project for China

Pence Urges Google to Axe 'Dragonfly' Search Project for China

China angrily denounced on Friday renewed USA allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm elections.

"Worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential election".

"There can be no doubt, " he said, "China is meddling in America's democracy".

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Beijing objected to Pence's "groundless" allegations and urged the stop hurting ties between the two countries.

"This is nothing but speaking on hearsay evidence, confusing right and wrong and creating something out of thin air", Hua said in a strongly worded statement issued early Friday in Beijing. Some tweak. USMCA is the first step in U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to promote a new World Economic Order favouring America's market-oriented allies and disfavouring bad actors, chief among them China.

One of the most pressing concerns is Beijing's control over the supply of critical technologies and materials, which could pose a significant risk to U.S. industries that are vital to national security, the report said.

"The worldwide community has already known fully well who wantonly infringes upon others' sovereignty, interferes in others' internal affairs and undermines others' interests". A recent intelligence report said China uses joint ventures to try to acquire technical know-how, seeks partnerships with USA government labs to learn about specific technology and information about running such facilities, and uses front companies to hide the hand of the Chinese government and acquire technology under US export controls.

The US vice-president called out China's "culture of censorship" to enforce party dogma at home and overseas, and named the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, which has organisations at 150 American campuses, as an attempt to enforce the Communist Party's political line over Chinese students overseas.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed Trump's claim at the United Nations General Assembly last week that China was meddling in the US midterm elections, calling the allegation " unwarranted".

Hoo said Beijing may bide its time and play defensively until after U.S. elections in November before determining its next move.

Pence made clear that the United States still adhered to its four-decade policy of recognizing only Beijing but added to applause: "Let me also say that Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people".

Despite that, Pence said: 'As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country'. "Now, China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

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.

Pence's speech at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington marked a sharpened US 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, freedom of the seas and human rights.

"Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States", Pence said. But "my understanding is that we are not close to launching a search product in China, and whether we eventually could or would remains unclear", he said.

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

They also said it was the first time a senior US official had delivered such a "broadside" against China on an array of issues.

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

The vice president, a favourite of conservative US Christians, also criticised China on human rights, voicing disappointment that rising prosperity has not led to reforms.

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