China urges US to stop slander after Trump’s meddling claim

Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said Beijing is open to negotiations but whether they proceed is up to Washington

Andy Wong Associated Press Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said Beijing is open to negotiations but whether they proceed is up to Washington

Trump made the allegations on the world stage, while presiding over a UN Security Council meeting on nonproliferation.

After Trump's tweet, the chief political reporter from the Des Moines paper tweeted out a link to an article in that same paper, which explains that China Daily has done the same in national papers. He said Donald Trump, they don't know what to do, ' Trump said.

"We don't want them to meddle or interfere in upcoming (elections)". He called Trump's claims an "unwarranted accusation" that he said Beijing would refuse to accept.

Although China's president, Xi Jinping, did not attend Wednesday's United Nations meetings, his foreign affairs minister, Wang Yi, flatly rejected Trump's accusations of election meddling.

However, Trump's comments Wednesday seem to confirm that China is actively interfering now.

USA officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The official listed other longstanding Chinese government activities without making specific connections to the midterm elections or explaining how such actions amount to election interference: "China punishes or rewards businessmen, think tanks, movie studios, journalists, religious leaders and even political candidates depending on whether they criticize or support china's policies".

Despite his tough talk, Mr Trump told the Security Council on Wednesday that he could envision relations with Iran moving along a similar "trajectory" as ones with North Korea. Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, a state Trump won handily in the 2016 election, and where the farming community has been especially hard hit by the U.S.

"I like a two-state solution", Trump said in his most clear endorsement of the plan as he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But the president's top advisers have warned consistently warned that Russian Federation is engaged in ongoing efforts to interfere in USA elections. Although some journalists in the USA have criticized the practice as unethical, it has become common for countries and companies to strike deals for this kind of paid content that does not go through a newspaper's editorial channels.

President Donald Trump, seated at the centre of an arc-shaped table, uttered tough words against Iran, saying that a government with Iran's track record "must never be allowed to obtain" a nuclear weapon. He sidestepped a question in the news conference as to how he compared China's meddling efforts with what Russian Federation did. "They can't get involved". Almost 300,000 people followed at least one of the accounts.

But with the American midterm elections less than two months away, United States intelligence and election protection officials have not cited any specific, credible Chinese efforts. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson argued as much when asked about the advertisement, saying, "Many foreign media do that".

And Trump's claim comes amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Beijing, spurred by their growing trade dispute.

The Trump administration levied duties of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese products that include furniture and appliances, with the rate set to increase to 25 percent by the end of the year.

The Trump administration implemented another round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on Monday, while Beijing implemented countermeasures on $60 billion worth of USA goods.

USA intelligence officials have said previously that other nations could opt to try to copy Russia's playbook of meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. Trump's statement caught lawmakers and some national security officials off guard as Beijing has not been singled out as the most worrisome foe.

Fleming said it's time businesses and the general public realized the extent and the seriousness of China's true intentions: to rule the world.

"Plenty of evidence they would like to see me not win", he told reporters. In perhaps the most famous example, MP Sam Dastyari was accused of adopting pro-China stances on controversial issues such as the South China Sea after receiving donations from a Chinese businessman.

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