On Sunday night, United States President Donald Trump claimed in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview with correspondent Lesley Stahl that China "don't have enough ammunition to retaliate" in a trade war with the United States. (As an aside, on this occasion, he said it wasn't a "war", but a "skirmish". When Stahl reminded the president that he called it a "war" earlier that day, he said "actually I called it a battle. But, actually, I'm gonna lower that. I consider it a skirmish.")
On Thursday at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., United States Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech attacking China's domestic and foreign policies. Before the speech, there had been whispers that the White House was going to release a substantive new policy position towards China. Instead, what we heard were old, baseless claims that had already been hyped up by the American side. China's government swiftly refuted the many accusations made in the speech. "The speech made unwarranted accusations against China's domestic and foreign policies, and slandered China by claiming that it meddles in the internal affairs and elections of the United States," said China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. "This is nothing but hearsay… it is creating something out of thin air."
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Were it not for the opening paragraphs that depict China as ungrateful to the United States' bounty, or the ending menace in which he urges China to "reach back", US Vice-President Mike Pence's beggar-thy-neighbor speech at the Hudson Institute on Thursday was nothing but a duplicate of outdated concepts of Cold War mentality and zero-sum games.