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The Trump administration is accusing China of trying to interfere in the USA political process in an effort to undermine the president and his agenda in the upcoming midterm elections.

Pence will also protest Beijing's construction of military fortresses in the South China Sea as well as Chinese efforts to intercept American ships carrying out naval exercises created to contest China's territorial expansion.

USA intelligence agencies assess that Russian Federation interfered in 2016 to boost Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton through hacking and releasing sensitive documents and social media manipulation.

Pence said Chinese security agencies have masterminded the "wholesale theft of American technology", including military blueprints, and warned Washington would continue to take action. "It's using wedge issues, like trade tariffs, to advance Beijing's political influence".

Pence singled out those retaliatory tariffs in his speech on Thursday.

The China Watch supplement appeared the same week the United States slapped $US200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and carried stories about China buying soy beans from South America instead of Iowa.

"While our administration will continue to respect our One-China Policy, as reflected in the three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, America will always believe that Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people", Pence said. He will say an intelligence official told him that what "the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country".

"For decades, US policy was rooted in the belief that support for China's rise and for its integration into the postwar global world order would liberalize China", Sen.

The vice president said that Chinese security agencies have masterminded "the wholesale theft of American technology" and that Beijing works to steal USA intellectual property, leading to a "new consensus" among United States businesses about investing there. "Our intelligence community says that 'China is targeting USA state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy".

The administration has responded not only with tariffs on Chinese exports but also with new restrictions on Chinese investment in the USA and a military buildup of its own. In a lengthy report released Thursday evening, the administration asserted that China "represents a significant and growing risk to the supply of materials and technologies deemed strategic and critical to US national security".

China has previously denied Trump's accusation.

And when it comes to influencing the midterms, one needs only to look at Beijing's tariffs in response to US's.

Trump has "made clear that we'll levy even more tariffs, with the possibility of substantially more than doubling that number, unless a fair and reciprocal deal is made", Pence said.

The document stated that China must "strike accurately and carefully, splitting apart different domestic groups" in the United States, the vice-president said.

"Two years ago, that country could no longer afford its payments - so Beijing pressured Sri Lanka to deliver the new port directly into Chinese hands", Pence said. The app would "strengthen the Communist Party's censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers", Pence said.

He accused Chinese Communist Party officials with "rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials".

The vice president, a favorite of conservative US Christians, also criticized China on human rights, voicing disappointment that rising prosperity has not led to reforms. 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". China accused the USA of violating its "indisputable sovereignty".

-Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website, he said. After the institute offered to host a speaker from Beijing that Chinese officials opposed, its website was hit with a cyberattack that originated from Shanghai, he said.

"It's not that other countries don't hire lobbyists and that sort of thing", national security adviser John Bolton told reporters hours after Pence's speech.

He also accused China of using "debt diplomacy" to trap other countries into political cooperation through "questionable loans" to nation's such as Sri Lanka and Venezuela.


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