Washington D.C. Oct 05: United States Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday launched a scathing attack on China, accusing them of using predatory economic practices and military aggression against the U.S. and trying to cripple President Donald Trump's chances of winning re-election.
Beijing will be pleased to see the Washington Post utterly beside itself on Friday, railing against Pence for his "complicity in downplaying Russian election interference" and accusing the Trump White House of manufacturing complaints against China to distract from the seemingly endless investigation into alleged Russian meddling in 2016.
"To put it bluntly, President Trump's leadership is working".
Pence said in one recent example, China threatened to deny a business license for a major USA corporation "if it refused to speak out against our administration's policies".
"Our intelligence community says China is targeting U.S. state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy". And we will work with leaders at every level of society to defend our national interests and most cherished ideals. As proof, Trump later referenced a paid advertising insert in The Des Moines Register by Chinese government-affiliated entities.
They also said it was the first time a senior United States official had delivered such a "broadside" against China on an array of issues.
The Trump administration is building new and stronger bonds with countries like India to advance its vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, US Vice President Mike Pence has said, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the region.
US intelligence agencies assess that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to boost Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton through hacking and releasing sensitive documents and social media manipulation.
Trump is due to officially unveil the report on Friday and sign a related executive order.
China s ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai, in an interview with National Public Radio aired shortly before Pence s address, said there was a "much larger need for cooperation" than competition with Washington. But the administration argues China's efforts go further than other countries'.
"Even if you accept all of Pence's complaints at face value, it's hard to make the case that the administration's Cold War-style vilification of China will be effective or beneficial to USA interests, since it's clearly pushing Beijing to intransigence, not compromise".
Pence will also warn American businesses to be vigilant against Chinese efforts to leverage access to their markets to modify corporate behavior to their liking. He pointed to the alleged theft of USA technology by China, which has been going on for years, at least since manufacturing moved into the country in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Touching a particularly sensitive issue for China, Pence attacked Beijing for coaxing three more Latin American nations to switch recognition from Taiwan.
But Pence said: "As a senior career member of our intelligence community told me just this week, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country".
Pence claims China's aggression was on display when its warship came within about 40 meters of the USS Decatur that was conducting freedom-of-navigation operations.
"These actions threaten the stability of the Taiwan Strait - and the United States of America condemns them". "We will not be intimidated and we will not stand down". The president said China was trying to undermine him because of his aggressive stance on trade, including his decision to slap tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods shipped into the U.S.