Vice President Pence on Thursday accused China of meddling in U.S. elections with the aim of hurting President Trump and the Republican Party, the latest sign of the administration taking a tough line against Beijing ahead of the November midterms.
In a fiery speech to the conservative Hudson Institute in Washington, Pence said that China is extending its power “in more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.”
Pence said “China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections,” VP went on to say “To put it bluntly, President Trump’s leadership is working; China wants a different American president,”
Pence’s remarks come as U.S. officials, including Trump himself, have ramped up their rhetoric against what they say are Chinese efforts to undermine American businesses, provoke the U.S. military and develop a sophisticated election-meddling campaign similar to what Russia carried out in the 2016 election.
The comments echo Trump’s explosive allegation, made last week at the United Nations Security Council, that China is already interfering in the 2018 midterm elections.
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