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

China accuses the U.S. of holding a knife to its neck and rules out new talks to resolve the trade war

China accuses the U.S. of holding a knife to its neck and rules out new talks to resolve the trade war

Earlier Wednesday, Trump wielded the gavel for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council in which he spent a bit of time chastising certain U.N. members for their attempts to influence the elections of the United States, including Russian Federation and China, whom he accused of election meddling without any reference to evidence.

Trump later told reporters at the United Nations' General Assembly meeting in NY that China is attacking the "farm belt" with ads and with statements.

Much like Russia, China is more than capable of interfering in a United States election; but that far from means they did.

"Regrettably, we found that China has been trying to interfere in 2018 election against my administration", the president said.

The Trump administration says China is stepping up covert and overt activities to stifle free speech, punish those who support the president's tough trade stance against China and interfere in the USA political system.

President Donald Trump accused Beijing of seeking to disrupt the US midterm elections and steer votes in key battleground states toward Democratic candidates seeking to regain control of the House and Senate after years in the political wilderness.

Asked later what evidence he had, Trump replied, "plenty of evidence", but did not provide any.

'They would like to see me lose an election because they've never been challenged like this.

The US and China have been embroiled in a tense trade war for months.

"This terrible one-sided deal would allow Iran to continue its path toward a bomb", Trump said, and gave the Iranian regime "a cash lifeline when they needed it the most".

Instead, he zeroed in on China's efforts to flood the USA with ads and statements against Trump's billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods.

Shortly before the briefing, Mr. Trump tweeted a picture of ads placed in the Des Moines Register that he described as "propaganda ads...made to look like news".

China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, later dismissed Trump's accusation, saying, "We did not, and will not, interfere in any country's domestic affairs".

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was also in attendance at the UN Security Council session, refuted Trump's claim.

In a freewheeling and at times wild press conference late last night, the U.S. president also revealed that he had snubbed Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, during their visit to the United Nations - saying that relations with Canada were not good, and raising the spectre of collapsing Nafta.

But with the American midterm elections less than two months away, USA intelligence and election protection officials have not cited any specific, credible Chinese efforts.

Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told a monthly briefing that the United States should take steps to improve military relations and expressed China's firm opposition to "provocative" USA air force flights over the South China Sea, after U.S. B-52s flew in the vicinity of the waterway this week.

With tensions growing sharply between the two sides on a range of issues, Trump said China wanted him to suffer an electoral setback as payback for his hard line over trade.

A new round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods went into effect this week at Trump's order.

Mr Trump also used his moment chairing the Security Council meeting in NY to talk about nuclear proliferation, issuing a strong warning to nuclear-aspirant Iran. Russian Federation and China are both members of the Security Council and had representatives seated at the table as Trump made his remarks.

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.

With the midterms less than two months away, United States intelligence officials have said they are not seeing the intensity of the Russian intervention registered in 2016. Trump's statement caught lawmakers and some national security officials off guard as Beijing has not been singled out as the most worrisome foe. But I want to open up China to our farmers, and to our industrialists, and our companies.

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. Bolivia's president, Evo Morales Ayma, was particularly harsh - accusing the USA of engaging in a long history of meddling in other countries sovereignty and reminding the council of America's role in the 1979 coup in Iran.

"Kim Jong-un, a man I have gotten to know and like, wants peace and prosperity for North Korea", Trump said.

Trump has vowed to add tariffs on an additional $267 billion in Chinese goods if Beijing takes steps that negatively impact agricultural or industrial workers.

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