A week after Trump accused China of electoral meddling, Pence enlarged on the theme, accusing Beijing of trying to influence public opinion in both the November midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election and undermine Trump's presidency.
China on Friday rejected as "malicious slander" US Vice President Mike Pence's allegation that it was meddling in American elections even as it voiced its desire to reach "some compromise" with America to end their escalating trade war.
Pence also, however, targeted the more than 300,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S. and Chinese student organizations as potential "fronts" to be countered as Washington puts the United States on a war footing against China and its threat to USA economic dominance.
Referring to the news reports that the Trump administration considered banning Chinese students from studying at American universities, Cui said if it is true, this is a very risky situation because so many Chinese students are studying here, and a growing number of American students are studying in China.
Pence's speech served as a follow-up of sorts to Trump's charge before the U.N. Security Council last month that China was meddling in US elections to help Democrats.
Pence delivered a 40-minute speech at the conservative think tank the Hudson Institute giving the Trump administration's views on China.
He said business leaders must think twice before entering the Chinese market "if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing's oppression".
In one recent example, Pence said, they threatened to deny a business licence for a major USA corporation if it refused to speak out against the Trump administration's policies.
He did not specify which company he was referring to or when the alleged incident took place, but added that amid a trade war with Washington, Beijing has targeted more than 80 percent of its retaliatory tariffs on key constituencies for Trump and the Republican Party.
Pence said Thursday that "while our administration will continue to respect our One China Policy". "Fortunately, Americans aren't buying it".
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Pence claimed that China wants a "different American President" and is using more "proactive and coercive" methods to interfere in America's domestic policies and politics.
"Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election", Trump said.
"Despite such reckless harassment, the United States Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows and our national interests demand", Pence declared. "But we also understand China can not develop and modernize in isolation". And for some, it's interference in the US politics.
Pence's speech comes a week after Trump stood in front of world leaders at the United Nations and accused Beijing of meddling in USA politics.
Pence's sharply worded address comes days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit China on a trip focused on nuclear diplomacy with North Korea - an area in which the United States still seeks Beijing's cooperation.
The US ruling establishment has been torn since the 2016 election by a bitter conflict between those layers, centered around the Democratic Party and influential sections of the US intelligence apparatus, that have insisted that Washington direct its main fire against Russian Federation in the struggle for predominance in the Middle East and the broader Eurasian landmass, and those demanding that China, US imperialism's principal economic rival, be the main target.
Pence is set to charge that China is targeting "industries and states that would play an important role in the 2018 election" as it responds to Trump's protectionist trade tariffs on China.
Pence said Chinese security agencies had masterminded the "wholesale theft of American technology", including military blueprints, and warned Washington would continue to take action.
The vice president also brought up the increased aggression by China's navy in the South China Sea. It is an unprecedented roll-out of President Donald Trump's China strategy that could plunge the two nations into a more risky tit-for-tat cycle than their trade war.