BEIJING – China rejected on Thursday allegations by United States President Donald Trump that it had interfered in the 2016 legislative elections and the 2018 midterm elections in the US.
It advised the US against such baseless accusations and warned it could harm bilateral ties.
“China has always committed to the principle of not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. It is a tradition of our foreign policy and the international community has recognized this. The international community is also clear which country interferes most in other countries’ affairs,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press conference.
On Wednesday, during a United Nations Security Council meeting, Trump had accused China of attempting to influence the Nov. 6 US congressional elections against his administration because he was the first president ever to challenge China on trade.
Earlier, citing China Daily’s four page advertisement in Des Moines Register – an Iowa newspaper – Trump had said China was trying to convince American farmers that US tariffs on Chinese goods would adversely affect them.
“China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news,” Trump had tweeted.
“We refuse to accept any unwarranted accusation against China about meddling in other countries internal affairs. It is pure fiction,” Geng said.