Trump accuses China of election interference, placing 'propaganda ads'

China calls Trump’s claim of election meddling ‘totally far-fetched and fictional’

Trump accuses China of election interference, placing 'propaganda ads'

Mr Trump, speaking in front of world leaders while chairing the United Nations Security Council for the first time, did not present evidence for his claim, which came amid an ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and concerns that the November elections could also be vulnerable.

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"On many levels now, we are starting to see the relationship between Beijing and Washington gradually unravel".

President Donald Trump says all USA options are on the table to help end the political, economic and humanitarian chaos in Venezuela - even the "strong ones". One of the articles in the section presented the trade war's impact on local soybean farmers as the "fruit of a president's folly".

The U.S. and China are embroiled in an escalating trade war, with $200 billion worth of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and $60 billion worth of Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods going into effect just this week.

The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped financial sanctions on four members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle, including his wife and the nation's vice president, on allegations of corruption.

US officials, meanwhile, are increasingly concerned that China is no longer fully enforcing some sanctions on North Korea, and say they intend to keep up pressure in this area.

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"We did not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs".

The hackers' methods matched a Chinese-linked hacking group tied to multiple cyber operations that have breached USA defense contractors, universities and engineering and maritime technology development firms.

Beijing accused Washington of "putting knife to its neck" as USA tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked in on Monday, prompting Beijing to retaliate with additional tariffs on $60 billion of US products including liquefied natural gas (LNG).

CGTN's Nathan King filed this report from the United Nations headquarters in NY.

At a news conference Wednesday in NY, a reporter asked Trump what evidence he has to back up the accusation, which China has denied.

In 2014, Trump tweeted, "We need a President who isn't a laughingstock to the entire World". All of those sanctions will be "in full force by early November", Trump said.

"We do not and will not interfere in any countries in domestic affairs".

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At the conclusion of Wednesday's briefing call, the senior official said the Trump administration was working to declassify additional details about China's activity.

China has "actually admitted that they're going after farmers", he said.

"The Chinese government uses all kinds of methods to try to get us to turn back our policies", a White House National Security Council spokesman said when asked for comment.

"Friction and leverage can be useful tools in worldwide relations if used judiciously, particularly in response to problematic behavior like China's", said Daniel Russel of the Asia Society Policy Institute, who was until a year ago the State Department's top diplomat for East Asia.

He also called upon other countries to observe the same principle, citing the United Nations charter.

He's also threatening to place tariffs on cars imported from Canada as trade talks between the two neighbours drag on. He did not mention previously reported efforts by Russian Federation to interfere with the midterms.

Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on $60bn worth of U.S. goods were due to go into effect soon after the USA sanction.

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