Chinese Effort to Meddle US Elections, Influence Opinion Unprecedented: Bolton

Lamar Ellis
October 8, 2018

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.

Pence also highlighted those advertisements in his speech Thursday.

"As we speak, Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests", Mr Pence said in his speech to the Hudson Institute.

In response to Pence's remarks, Taiwan's Presidential Office expressed its appreciation to the USA government for its recognition of the country's democracy and support for its global space.

Specifically, Pence took aim at Google, wanting the tech company to stop a software project saying it would accelerate censorship efforts in China. "China wants to turn these voters against our administration".

"And while our administration will continue to respect our one China policy, as reflected in the three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, America will always believe that Taiwan's embrace of democracy shows a better path for all the Chinese people". He remembered promulgated by Beijing in June, the document, according to which China should "apply the exact and careful blows, separating the different domestic groups" in the United States.

He demanded that Google immediately halt the development of its "Dragonfly" search engine for the Chinese market on the grounds that it would facilitate "censorship and compromise the privacy" of users, ignoring the fact that the United States government is engaged in precisely such efforts-with the full complicity of Google and other technology companies.

He urged Google to end development of its "Dragonfly" app that would make it easier to track Internet searches and strengthen Chinese censorship.

The news about Google's intend to construct a controlled search engine in China broke in August when The Intercept detailed that the search platform would boycott "sensitive queries" about themes including governmental issues, peaceful protest, free speech, human rights, democracy and triggering internal protests among some Google workers.

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- "The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists and local, state, and federal officials".

The Trump administration this year has applied tariffs against about half of all goods imported from China into the USA due to what President Donald Trump said are unfair trade practices by the nation that dominates Asia.

- Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website, he said.

- Senior Chinese officials have tried to influence business leaders to condemn US trade actions, "leveraging their desire to maintain their operations in China". It also pressured Marriott to fire a USA employee who liked a tweet about Tibet.

So this is very confusing, and this is making things very hard, he said.

Pence's speech at Washington's Hudson Institute marked a sharpened US approach toward China going beyond the bitter trade war between the world's two biggest economies. And for some, it's interference in the US politics.

Bolton said that the Chinese actions are certainly aimed at affecting elections.

"It's not even the same thing as the election interference", Watts said.

"These actions threaten the stability of the Taiwan Strait - and the United States of America condemns them".

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