"We urge the US to correct its wrongdoing, stop groundlessly accusing and slandering China and harming China's interests and China-US ties".
Beijing will be pleased to see the Washington Post utterly beside itself on Friday, railing against Pence for his "complicity in downplaying Russian election interference" and accusing the Trump White House of manufacturing complaints against China to distract from the seemingly endless investigation into alleged Russian meddling in 2016.
"The American people deserve to know that, in response to the strong stand that President Trump has taken, Beijing is pursuing a comprehensive and coordinated campaign to undermine support for the President", Pence said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement that Pence in his speech had made "unwarranted accusations. and slandered China by claiming that China meddles in US internal affairs and elections". "There can be no doubt - China is meddling in America's democracy". The president said China was trying to undermine him because of his aggressive stance on trade, including his decision to slap tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods shipped into the U.S.
China's ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai - in an interview with National Public Radio aired shortly before Pence's address - said there was a "much larger need for cooperation" than competition with Washington.
He also accused China of subduing its citizens via "an unparalleled surveillance state", adding that they oppress religious minorities and overwhelm other countries with loans that are in favour of China. "Now China wants to turn these voters against our administration".
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In response to Pence's remarks, Taiwan's Presidential Office expressed its appreciation to the USA government for its recognition of the country's democracy and support for its global space.
Google declined comment, except to reiterate that its China search engine project was "exploratory" and not close to launch.
Pence's address came before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's scheduled visit to China on Monday, a trip which will focus on nuclear diplomacy with North Korea - an area in which the US still seeks Beijing's cooperation.
Pence will also protest Beijing's construction of military fortresses in the South China Sea as well as Chinese efforts to intercept American ships carrying out naval exercises created to contest China's territorial expansion.
Beijing quickly responded in a statement Friday, accusing Pence of "malicious slander" and urging the United States to "correct its wrongdoing".
"Beijing compelled Delta Airlines to publicly apologize for not calling Taiwan a "province of China" on its website". China wants a different American President...
Washington has long cited China as a major culprit in the hacking of US government and corporate databases. "Even scholars and groups who avoid Chinese funding are targeted by that country, as the Hudson Institute found out firsthand", he said.
National security adviser John Bolton said much of what the US knows about Chinese activities in the United States remains classified.