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Pence: China trying to undermine Trump because it 'wants a different American president'

Pence: China trying to undermine Trump because it 'wants a different American president'
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Pentagon on Aug. 9, 2018. (Andrew Harre /Bloomberg)

China "wants a different American president" and is working to undermine President Donald Trump and influence U.S. elections, Vice President Mike Pence claimed Thursday.

Pence is accusing China of using trade, diplomatic overtures and military expansion to spread its influence around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere, and to work against U.S. interests.

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"President Trump's leadership is working; China wants a different American president," Pence said in remarks prepared for delivery at the conservative Hudson Institute later Thursday.

"China is meddling in America's democracy," Pence said. "Our intelligence community says that 'China is targeting U.S. state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy. It's using wedge issues, like trade tariffs, to advance Beijing's political influence.'"

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