He accused China of "reckless harassment" because of an incident on Sunday in which a Chinese naval vessel almost collided with a USA destroyer, the Decatur, near the Spratly islands.
The Trump administration has been roiled by the FBI Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and intelligence officials have warned about the danger of Russian meddling in the midterms. "We did not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs", said Wang. "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to it", she said.
Additionally, Pence warned of the influence by Chinese media outlets, warning that China Radio broadcasts in American cities, while China Global Television Network reached more than 75 million Americans.
The Trump administration also asserted Thursday that Chinese "economic aggression" has helped undermine the global competitiveness of defense-oriented USA industries. During a subsequent press conference, Mr. Trump told reporters, "We have evidence".
Trump has justified his tough trade policy against Beijing with accusations that China steals USA intellectual property and limits access to its own market.
Even so, 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".
On a separate briefing call with reporters on Thursday about the administration's newly unveiled National Strategy for Counterterrorism, National Security Adviser John Bolton, responding to a question about China's actions, said he expected there would be "more on this subject in the weeks and months ahead".
"They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade".
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While the vice president stressed the threats posed by China to American interests, he emphasised that the United States desires a productive relationship with Beijing.
In his speech, Pence offered only two examples related to the upcoming elections - the targeted tariffs and the advertising supplement - which did not rise to the level of the Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 election. He said this was now not sufficient from the US side.
Such paid supplements by foreign governments are commonplace in USA newspapers, but Pence complained that the United States was not allowed to print similar advertisements in China's state-controlled press. Pence said in one recent example, China threatened to deny a business license for a major US corporation "if it refused to speak out against our administration's policies".
The democratic, self-governing island is home to nationalists who fled in 1949 after losing China's civil war and has waged an increasingly lonely campaign for diplomatic recognition as the Republic of China.
Pence is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. EDT at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Watch the vice president's remarks in the player above. "But be assured, we will not relent until our relationship with China is grounded in fairness, reciprocity, and respect for our sovereignty", he said.
National security adviser John Bolton said much of what the US knows about Chinese activities in the United States remains classified.