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China attempting to interfere in US Midterm Elections 2018 by resorting to managed advertising campaigns, disinformation blast

Washington – ‘Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 (mid-term) election, coming up in November, to create an anti-establishment sentiment against my administration,’ was the sensational accusation levelled by US President Donald Trump against China. He further said, ‘China does not want me in the President’s position as I have challenged them on the trade front and it is making all possible moves to ensure that.’ At the same time, as President Trump presented the issue of Chinese interference in the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting. Also, US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats has warned about the increased threat to US cyber-security from China.

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Trump’s opponents had alleged that Russia had interfered in the 2016 Presidential Elections. US agencies after investigating Trump’s close associates in this matter have made claims of Russian involvement in their preliminary report. Against this backdrop, President Trump’s allegations of Chinese interference in the mid-term elections become significant. The US President quoted the open threats issued by China and related articles published in some US dailies, to substantiate his accusations.

‘China has resorted to powerful advertising campaigns and information blast through news reports in the Des Moines Register and other dailies,’ accused Trump. The US President targeted China in his address at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting. ‘China does not want me or my government to win as I am the first US President to challenge China on trade issues. The United States is not only a winner in trade but it is emerging successful at every level,’ Trump thus elucidated the background for his allegation about China’s interference with these words.

Only last week, Trump had targeted China over the mid-term elections. He had alleged that China was targeting the farmers and workers who supported Trump. Beijing wants to influence the results of the mid-term polls through it and had openly threatened to do so, warned Trump. It has been revealed that while imposing tariffs on the US imports, China had ensured that the industries in the American states that support President Trump would be the worst affected by it.

Meanwhile, as President Trump targeted China in the UN Security Council meeting, the US National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats also warned of China being the biggest threat to US cybersecurity. The National Intelligence Director claimed that China was deliberately and systematically manipulating the US cyberspace. Two days ago, Gina Haspel, the Director of CIA, had accused China of attempting to reduce the influence of the United States in the Indo-Pacific and other regions to fulfil its own objectives.

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