Trump accuses China of 2018 election meddling; Beijing rejects charge

Trump at U.N. meeting accused China of interfering in U.S. midterm elections to undermine his aggressive trade policies

Trump at U.N. meeting accused China of interfering in U.S. midterm elections to undermine his aggressive trade policies

Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that China was attempting to interfere with the upcoming midterm congressional elections. A year ago at the U.N., Trump belittled its leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and threatened to annihilate the country, but on Wednesday he touted the "the wonderful relationship" with Kim and teased that details of a second summit between the two men could be released soon. "They're paying billions and billions - this has never happened to China, and I like China and I like President Xi a lot", he said in response to a question posed to him by CNBC's Eamon Javers.

He said he is not sure what to make of China's rejection of a Hong Kong port visit by a US Navy ship.

In a freewheeling and at times wild press conference late last night, the USA 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.

In the first round of reciprocal tariffs that came into effect earlier this year, China had targeted us agricultural products out of states that helped carry Trump to victory in 2016.

In the latest salvo, US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and retaliatory taxes by Beijing on $60 billion worth of USA products kicked in on Monday, unnerving global financial markets.

The new tariffs covered products such as food seasonings, baseball gloves, network routers and industrial machinery parts.

On Thursday, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry called on the stop damaging relations between the two countries and suggested that it is Washington, not Beijing that has a reputation for interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.

The official added that Chinese state-run media agencies operating in the US need to be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that would treat them as lobbyists working for a foreign entity.

Rouhani: Preventing Iran from selling oil unsafe
Rouhani earlier said that as a precondition for any dialogue, Trump would need to fix the damage done by exiting the nuclear deal. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters there was "strong unity" with Iran on minimising the impact of USA sanctions.

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

China responded to the tax hike on Monday by accusing Washington of 'holding a knife' to Beijing's neck, dampening hopes of ending the trade dispute.

The administration says China is hurting farmers and workers in pro-Trump states and districts. It could also be lots of other people. He then repeated the claim that "they [Chinese authorities] are trying to meddle in our elections and we're not going to let that happen just as we're not going to let that happen with Russian Federation".

Trump claims the advert was placed in the Iowa newspaper - a battleground state for the Republicans - to sway voters against his trade policies.

Trump did not provide any evidence for his allegation, which he made while chairing the Council meeting. Tough sanctions are due to kick in against Tehran in November, and Trump warned that there would be "severe consequences" for any nation that defied them.

The latest round of tariffs targeting US and Chinese goods went into effect on Monday, raising the stakes in an escalating trade spat between the world's two largest economies. In August, he tweeted "All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russian Federation should start also looking in another direction, China". I think you know why.

"I don't like it when they attack our farmers, and I don't like it when they put out false messages", Trump said.

Thomas Rid, a Johns Hopkins cybersecurity expert, said, "I am not aware of any evidence of Chinese interference in the midterm elections".

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