Few analysts expect China to back down despite US tough talk

Analysts saw US Vice-President Mike Pence's remarks at the Hudson Institute in Washington as tough but fair.
Analysts saw US Vice-President Mike Pence's remarks at the Hudson Institute in Washington as tough but fair.PHOTO: AFP

Vice-President Mike Pence spelt out in a key speech on Thursday what the United States sees as a "whole-of-government" approach by China to use political, economic, military and propaganda tools to advance its influence in the US - and to turn President Donald Trump's support base against him.

But the President will not back down, Mr Pence asserted, to applause from the audience at the Hudson Institute in Washington.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2018, with the headline 'Few analysts expect China to back down despite US tough talk'. Subscribe