Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

President Trump Accuses China of 'Meddling' in Midterm Elections

Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said Beijing is open to negotiations but whether they proceed is up to Washington Andy Wong Associated Press Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said Beijing is open to negotiations but whether they proceed is up to Washington
| 30 September, 2018, 11:21

"Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration", Trump said during remarks at the UN Security Council.

SEE ALSO: US-China Trade: Are we heading for the next cold war?

Trump indicated that moving the embassy was "a big chip" the USA delivered to the Israelis.

"We don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election", he said.

US officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Shortly before the briefing, Mr. Trump tweeted a picture of ads placed in the Des Moines Register that he described as "propaganda ads...made to look like news". "We are winning at every level", he said, veering off course in a meeting that was supposed to be about proliferation concerns.

However, a senior Palestinian official rejected Trump's comments in support of a two-state solution, saying his White House's policies were destroying hopes of peace.

"First time ever they've been confronted on trade", Trump said. "China is going and attacking the farm belt, our farmers". Thirty-two accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "coordinated" political behavior and appeared to be fake.

Instead, Trump zeroed in on China's propaganda efforts to flood the heartland with advertisements and statements against his billions of dollars in punishing tariffs.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently previewed negotiations for a new free trade agreement with the U.S. They also know that I am the one that knows how to stop it.

In a freewheeling and at times wild press conference late last night, the USA president also revealed that he had snubbed Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, during their visit to the United Nations - saying that relations with Canada were not good, and raising the spectre of collapsing Nafta.


"All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russian Federation should start also looking in another direction, China", he wrote then.

While Mr. Trump did not offer specifics on his accusation of Chinese election meddling on Wednesday, the president may have been referring to China's retaliatory tariffs, as opposed to the type of cyber-hacking that Russian Federation conducted in the 2016 US elections.

Trump later said there was clear evidence to back up his claim.

Trump addressed a roomful of hundreds of reporters from U.S. and global media organisations this morning in a sweltering hotel ballroom following his participation in United Nations talks. Mattis said this and other problems with China are being "sorted out". "It'll come out, yeah, I can't tell you now, but it came - it didn't come out of nowhere, that I can tell you".

Dan Coats, the director of USA national intelligence, told reporters on September 12 that China was one of several countries with "capabilities" to interfere in the elections.

An advertorial bought by the state-run China Daily in an American newspaper was "normal cooperation" between U.S. and foreign media, Geng said.

The official said the activities had reached "an unacceptable level", but, beyond pointing to paid ads targeting districts that had voted for the president, declined to offer specifics on how they amounted to interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Fleming said Wang's response is "absolute deception, which is a fundamental element of asymmetrical warfare ..."

"At the same time ..." The action also follows through on pledges by President Xi Jinping to make China more open to foreign products.

"And he's using his method short of war ... which is the trade imbalance, to hit China economically, to take the wind out of their sails and their extreme aggression against dominating the United States". But in that speech, too, he also called out China for its economic practices.

There's also a history of Chinese interference in USA elections.

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