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Taiwan's presidential office has thanked US Vice President Mike Pence for supporting Taiwan in his speech on US policy towards China on Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence launched a broad attack against Beijing Thursday, accusing China of "predatory" economic practices, military aggression against the USA and of trying to undermine President Donald Trump and harm his chances of winning re-election.

He said Beijing had "mobilized covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets to shift Americans" perception of Chinese policies' and was targeting its tariffs to hurt states where Trump has strong support.

Speaking on behalf of the White House, he held up the recent clash between U.S. and Chinese warships in the South China Sea as an example of Chinese "aggression".

Washington blames China for hacking into U.S. government and corporate databases although officials and independent analysts have failed to detected the kind of systematic manipulation of social media and hacking of emails that Russian Federation is alleged to have engaged in before Mr Trump's shock election victory in 2016.

Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science at Lingnan University, said Beijing was beginning to realise the resolute intentions of the USA to contain China's rise.

"China wants a different American president", Pence says.

Mr Pence's sabre-rattling speech at the Hudson Institute thinktank in Washington signalled a much tougher approach against China that extends beyond trade war rhetoric between the world's two biggest economies and includes disputes such as cyber warfare, Taiwan and freedom of the seas. Neither Trump nor Pence provided hard evidence of Chinese meddling.

The report, which resulted from a Trump directive in July 2017 to assess the health of industries whose products and services are important to national defense, also accused China of "systematic theft" of USA weapons systems and the illicit transfer of dual-use technology that has upset the military balance between the US and China.

Pence followed that up, saying intelligence assessments found that China is targeting US state and local governments as well as officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy.

"We remain committed to continuing an active dialogue with members from both sides of the aisle, working proactively with Congress on a variety of issues, explaining how our products help millions of American consumers and businesses, and answering questions as they arise", Pichai had said in a statement.

She said China was a "builder of world peace" with no interest in meddling in USA elections.

"It is very ridiculous for the U.S. side to stigmatise its normal exchanges and cooperation with China as China interfering in its internal affairs and elections", Ms Hua said.

He urged Google to "immediately end development of the "Dragonfly" app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers".

Pence was also to use the phrase "debt diplomacy" in reference to China's efforts to expand its influence worldwide.

Mr Pence accused China of using its economic power to bully smaller countries and said it had threatened the stability of the Taiwan Strait by pressuring three Latin American countries to sever ties with Taiwan and recognise Beijing.

Pence ended his speech stating America will not be intimidated and we will not stand down.

He accused China of "reckless harassment" because of an incident on Sunday in which a Chinese naval vessel almost collided with a US destroyer, the Decatur, near the Spratly islands. China considers the self-ruled island a wayward province.

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