White House Calls Out Google To Discard Chinese Search Engine Project

Pence speech to slam China over threats, Taiwan

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence accused China of interfering in the USA midterm elections in order to undermine President Trump and his agenda.

US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering diatribe against China Thursday created to ratchet up already intense economic and military tensions that have produced a growing trade war and increasingly unsafe confrontations between US and Chinese forces in the South China Sea.

Pence further alleged that Chinese security agencies have mastered "the wholesale theft of American technology" and that the country's efforts are focused on stealing USA intellectual property.

Reacting to Pence's allegations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in a statement on Friday said any "malicious slander" on China is futile. Relations between the world's two largest economies have plummeted in recent weeks over US President Donald Trump's demand that China should reduce over United States dollars 335.4 billion trade deficit in the bilateral trade. "Now China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

Google wants to penetrate the Chinese market again and is developing a censored search engine for China that will suppress sensitive search queries and will block the content that is not allowed by Chinese firewalls.

The denial came in wake of a speech Pence made on Thursday in which he touched on China's alleged military aggression, commercial theft and rising human rights violations, antagonising the Asian power as meddling in the upcoming USA elections.

The Trump administration is planning to release a report Friday that accuses China of seeking to undermine the United States industrial base, and of posing a risk to the supply of materials and components for the U.S. military. "He asserted that Russian efforts to interfere in America's electoral process 'pales in comparison to what China is doing, '" former Obama administration official Ryan Hass, now with the Brookings Institution, complained to the New York Times. As reported by The Intercept, Google's senior research scientist Jack Poulson also resigned due to the lack of transparency in the project.

The report draws on themes that are now key to the Trump administration's China doctrine, blasting Beijing for intellectual property theft and its forcing of USA firms to offshore their research and development in exchange for access to the vast Chinese market.

He accused China of "reckless harassment" of the U.S. Navy during operations in the South China Sea.

Pence claimed last week, the Chinese government paid to have a multipage supplement inserted into the Des Moines Register -- the paper of record of the home state of our Ambassador to China, and a pivotal state in 2018 and 2020. "Even scholars and groups who avoid Chinese funding are targeted by that country, as the Hudson Institute found out firsthand", he said.

"Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website". And for some, it's interference in the USA politics. And we will work with leaders at every level of society to defend our national interests and most cherished ideals.

"These actions threaten the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and the United States of America condemns these actions", he said.

He said if more were declassified, it would help Americans better understand the scope of the Chinese actions to affect the election and its "broader effort to influence political opinion in this country through academic institutions, through think tanks, through intimidation of scholars".



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