Friday, 19 October, 2018


VP Pence: China 'Meddling in America's Democracy'

US-China-Pence 'It's like a death by a thousand cuts': Manitoba dairy farmers react to new trade agreement
Conrad Doyle | 06 October, 2018, 00:57

He said it will protect Canada from an unfair American tariffs. Pence's speech marks a more aggressive line on China than the Trump administration has held previously, perhaps bolstered by Trump's recent success with rewriting NAFTA. "Section 32.10, as now worded, appears to complicate any Canadian decision to launch FTA negotiations with China, as well as the process of the negotiations and how approval is obtained", CCBC executive director Sarah Kutulakos said.

Pence said Beijing, with an eye not only to the congressional elections but also to Trump's 2020 re-election bid, had "mobilised 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.

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"The more open tone of confrontation from Pence will strengthen the perception in China that the ultimate US objective in the [trade] dispute is to contain China's rise", the group's analysts led by Asia director, Michael Hirson, wrote. The new NAFTA prunes back the special investment rights that allow companies to sue over regulations like fracking bans, but it still allows some suits by US oil and gas companies over drilling leases in Mexico (and a few other sectors like infrastructure).

"China wants nothing less than to push the United States of America from the Western Pacific and attempt to prevent us from coming to the aid of our allies". The app would "strengthen the Communist Party's censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers, " Pence said. The remarks underscore administration concern that anxiety over the trade battle could hurt Republican performance in the November 6 vote. "The Russians do it".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded to Trump's comments at the meeting, saying that China follows a principle of non-interference in other countries domestic affairs.

President Trump raised eyebrows by declaring last week, without offering evidence, that China was meddling in the midterms.

When China becomes ready, it won't like the terms of trade on offer.

The report could add to trade tensions with China, bolstering the Trump administration's "Buy American" initiative, which aims to help drum up billions of dollars more in arms sales for US manufacturers and create more jobs.

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Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian defended the naval maneuver on Tuesday, accusing the United States of threatening China's sovereignty and safety by repeatedly sending warships to disputed areas of the South China Sea. Pence singled out those retaliatory tariffs in his speech on Thursday.

While it marks a positive change for the industry, experts caution that it might not be enough to move the needle on the dairy industry's prevailing struggles.

"In one recent example, they threatened to deny a business license for a major United States corporation if it refused to speak out against our administration's policies", the text said, without specifying the company.

This is generally a much easier, less costly and more predictable process than trying to challenge a trade practice in a US court.

Pence also assailed China over its actions in the South China Sea, where the USA has criticized the Chinese government for building military bases on reclaimed reefs.

He was to say that a Chinese naval vessel came within 41m of the USS Decatur "as it conducted freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, forcing our ship to quickly maneuver to avoid collision".

USA intelligence agencies assess that Russian Federation interfered in 2016 to boost Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton through hacking and releasing sensitive documents and social media manipulation.

"We lost two per cent access in the CETA deal, and we lost three and a quarter per cent access in the TransPacific Partnership", Gaunce said. Recently, as milk production in Canada has grown, it created the Class 7 pricing system to dump surplus milk proteins onto global markets, in direct competition with exports from the United States and other nations.

Pence also slammed China's militarization of contested areas in the South and East China Sea, its practice of "debt diplomacy" in developing countries, and its efforts to convince other nations to sever ties with Taiwan.

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