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1(a) US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday (October 4, 2018) accused China of aggression in areas from security to trade as he portrayed China as a villain interfering in US elections.|
Expanding on a theme first aired by President Donald Trump at the United Nations last week, Pence accused China of waging an "unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion" ahead of critical congressional elections on November 6.
In his speech at the Hudson Institute, he also slammed Beijing for placing a multi-page advertisement extolling the virtues of US-China trade in the Des Moines Register, the highest-circulation newspaper in Iowa, a swing state whose longtime governor Terry Branstad is Trump's ambassador to Beijing.
1(b) How true is the accusation that "China is meddling in America's democracy"? There can be no doubt that Pence and Trump are trying to take American public back to the Arabian Nights, as shown in the following arguments.
(i) If there was any member of the audience who cared to use his brain, he might ask Pence jokingly: "Despite 162 years of existence, the Republican Party failed to influence American public opinion in its desperate mission to stop Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Mr Pence, with hindsight, do you think history would be entirely different if the GOP had tried to seek China’s assistance at that time to sway American voters into supporting genuine Republican candidates instead of Trump?”
As the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them." Instead of standing up to Trump till the last breath like the late heroic Senator John McCain, Pence unabashedly opted to join Trump.
(ii) Three anti-Trump bestsellers, each authored by Michael Wolff, former FBI director James Comey and Omarosa Manigault Newman (former political aide to President Donald Trump), are sold openly in the US, yet they don’t seem to have much impact on American public opinion, not to mention die-hard Trump supporters who worship him like a cult leader.
(iii) Similarly, newspapers and magazines are available all over the US with countless anti-Trump articles and news reports, yet they don't seem to wield much influence on American public opinion, not to mention hard-core Trump supporters who worship him like a cult leader with such words on their banners: "Thank you, Lord Jesus, President Trump".
(iv) Americans, like all other people, are strongly against any foreigners who try to interfere in their domestic affairs. Are they so idiotic and easy to be influenced by a foreign government instead of their own government whose party had been wielding influence and power in the country for more than 160 years? Even the British Empire, which ruled Colonial America for a long time, failed to wield any significant influence on the Thirteen States which finally declared independence as the United States of America in 1776.
There can be no doubt that Trump and Pence are insulting the intelligence of Americans and the rest of mankind by telling them "fairy tales" of China’s interference in US elections and other mischievous deeds.