The unusually expansive and aggressive criticism of Beijing by a senior USA official indicated that Washington could be preparing to take a more confrontational approach with China on issues beyond just the trade dispute. The Vice President also challenged Beijing's vision for the Chinese people's future, noting that Taiwan's "embrace of democracy" shows a "better path" for the entire Asian nation.
Pence said in a speech that business leaders are now thinking twice before entering the Chinese market "if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing's oppression".
Much of Pence's remarks are meant to inform the public of what the USA government terms as China's covert and overt influence campaign.
"They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade". But U.S. officials and independent analysts say they have not detected the kind of systematic manipulation of social media and hacking of emails that Russian Federation is alleged to have engaged in during the 2016 election, which Trump won. During a subsequent press conference, Mr. Trump told reporters, "We have evidence".
China's Defense Ministry said a Chinese naval ship had been sent to warn the USA vessel to leave and that Beijing had irrefutable sovereignty in the area.
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Pence also said more US companies should think twice before entering the Chinese market if it means turning over their intellectual property.
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. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, and Kamala Harris, D-California - does not probe a detail volunteered by Pence today - that a senior career intelligence official told him Russia's activities "pale in comparison" to China's efforts to interfere in American domestic affairs. "To my mind there's nothing in that speech that rises to the level of 2016 Russian active measures".
China has maintained a calm tone as USA language escalates.
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.
-Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website, he said. "But be assured, we will not relent until our relationship with China is grounded in fairness, reciprocity, and respect for our sovereignty", 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. USA officials have said they are considering targeted sanctions over alleged human rights abuses.