Pence says Google should halt Dragonfly app development

Share
Pence says Google should halt Dragonfly app development

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.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Chelsea boss Sarri tells Morata: I hope you keep crying!
He said: "I was anxious about the fact that we have conceded three goal opportunities to the opponents". At the moment I'm good - if I'm the best, If I'm not I don't care, ' Hazard told SportBible .

The 5 questions Jose Mourinho answered
The Portuguese said there were "many reasons" for the winless run, but declined to explain what they were. It ultimately provides another indication that Mourinho's time in Manchester is nearly certainly up.

Paul Pogba Gagged By Manchester United, Barred From Speaking To Media
The United manager held another terse news conference Friday, refusing to answer one question and giving brief replies to three others.

MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop
David says the man who sold him the barn described the unbelievable tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says.

Aston Martin IPO orders below 19 pounds/share risk missing out - bookrunners
Aston Martin's long-awaited debut on the stock market hasn't gone too well. The issue price of GBP 19.00 per share implies a GBP 4.33bn valuation.

Tesla's Musk mocks SEC as judge demands they justify fraud settlement
But that doesn't mean Tesla's board can't order Musk to tone done his Twitter act in the best interests of the company. Tesla Chief Executive Office Elon Musk speaks at his company's factory in Fremont, California, U.S., June 22, 2012.

Finally An End To The Tampon Tax. Period
But the federal government may have a harder time convincing some states and territories to back its plan to change how the GST is carved up.

NASA astronauts return to Earth amid tensions between US, Russia in space
The landing came hours after the trio's departure from the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft . The six-person ISS crew includes two Russians, two Americans and a German representing the European Space Agency .

U.S. vice president says China interfering in American politics
She said China was a "builder of world peace " with no interest in meddling in U.S. elections. The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops .

South China Sea Cold War revealed
Twice last week, the U.S. sent B-52H Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers tearing through the South China Sea . Several days later, the Chinese military conducted "live-fire shooting drills" in the South China Sea.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.