US President Donald Trump has slammed China for seeking to meddle in the US Congressional elections and trying to undermine his administration, as he chairs the Security Council meeting on nonproliferation at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration,” said Trump, seated only a few feet away from Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
“They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.” He continued.
Trump said Beijing did not want his Republican Party to do well because of his pugnacious stance on trade. As proof, the president later cited a Chinese-funded newspaper advertisement in Iowa, a battleground state in the congressional campaign, lobbying against his trade policies.
Trump said in a twitter post, “China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news. That’s because we are beating them on trade, opening markets, and the farmers will make a fortune when this is over!”
In another tweet, Trump says, “China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me. What China does not understand is that these people are great patriots and fully understand that…..”
“It’s not surprising that China Daily sought to place advertising with the Des Moines Register, because the Register is Iowa’s largest news organisation and Iowa farmers are disproportionately affected by China’s tariffs,” said Carol Hunter, executive editor of the newspaper.
According to a senior Trump administration official, China uses political, economic, commercial, military, and information tools to influence U.S. public opinion and promote the interests of the Chinese government and Communist Party, and Vice President Mike Pence has planned to make a speech next week detailing the allegations.
“China has been among the most active foreign states conducting cyber activities against the United States’ interests,” said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, later dismissed Trump’s accusation, saying, “We did not, and will not, interfere in any country’s domestic affairs. We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against China.”
“China has all along followed the principle of noninterference in other countries’ domestic affairs,” Wang said. “This is a tradition of Chinese foreign policy.”
It is no doubt that Wang Yi also has his “tactics” of hypocrisy as Beijing has always used this principle as an excuse to evade international monitoring of human rights violations in many parts of China, Tibet and Xinjiang in particular.
We want to ask Wang Yi if the US mainstream media could also have an article on human rights published in the local Tibet or Xinjiang newspapers?
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that will deny US entry to Chinese officials who prohibit American citizens from entering Tibet, following heavy lobbying by Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters.
The bipartisan Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act aims to open up the isolated and repressed region to US diplomats, NGO workers, journalists reporting on human rights abuses, and others whom Chinese authorities prevent from traveling freely. This is a victory of the Tibetan people and a slam right in the face of Wang Yi.
“It is a strong statement by the United States that puts pressure on the Chinese government to open up Tibet to the outside world and shows that their propaganda is hollow,” said Matteo Mecacci, president of the International Campaign for Tibet.
Trump has his tactics when he praises President Xi Jinping while smashing Beijing’s trade practices, as he fully understands that Beijing would say one thing but do another.
Though with smiles repeatedly saying, “I have a very good relationship with President Xi”, Trump is not happy at all when President Xi has been trying to undermine his efforts to make a deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in the peninsula denuclearization.
Against UN sanctions, Chinese-flagged ships have been seen in the high seas transferring fuel to North Korean vessels. Donald Trump said yesterday there are signs “some nations are already violating these U.N. sanctions,” though not mentioning China by the name, “This includes illegal ship-to-ship transfers which must end immediately.”
Donald Trump said later back in the White House in response to questions about the trade war with China. He told reporters that China is studying him as this has never happened before.
Trump said, “They have big problems, I don’t want them to have problems.” “I just want to make a fair deal”.
This is a difficult world of diversities. A lot of times Donald Trump needs to embrace many different views and even actions of opposition to get the right things done.
Trump concluded his UN speech, “It has been a pleasure and honor working with President Xi and (other leaders)… To be successful, we need a commitment of every nation represented in this chamber. Acting together, we can replace the horrors of war with the blessings of safety and the beautiful promise of peace.”
We hope this blessing of safety and promise of peace will soon come in the beautiful land of China.
By Cloudy Seagail