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Washington accusation of Beijing meddling “Ridiculous”

JIE LI

08/10/2018

The Foreign Ministry of China said on 5 October that it was “ridiculous” for Washington to characterize China’s regular exchanges with the US as interference, after US Vice-President Mike Pence accused Beijing of meddling in American politics.

Hua Chunying speaking at a meeting

“It is very ridiculous for the US side to stigmatize its normal exchanges and cooperation with China as China interfering in its internal affairs and elections,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

“China always follows the principle of noninterference in others’ internal affairs, and we have no interest in meddling in US internal affairs and elections,” Hua said.

Pence’s speech “made unwarranted accusations against China’s domestic and foreign policies and slandered China by claiming that China meddles in US internal affairs and elections”, said the statement.

“We urge the US to correct its wrongdoing, stop groundlessly accusing and slandering China and harming China’s interests and China-US ties, and take concrete actions to maintain the sound and steady development of China-US relations,” Hua added.

Background:

Mike Pence gave the speech on 4 oct.

In Washington on Thursday, Pence said in a speech at the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, that China was using “wedge issues” such as tariffs to advance its political influence in the US and globally. He accused China of seeking to sway the US midterm elections on Nov 6, in retaliation for US trade policies against Beijing.