Report: China Censors Pence’s Criticism, Allows Every Word Harris Said

The China Communist Party prevented its citizens from watching a segment of the vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening when Vice President Pence began to speak critically of their country.

Those who were watching the international CNN feed in China had their feed cut when Pence boasted about how well the Trump administration was pressuring China to respect American workers and businesses.

Pence also underscored President Trump’s use of tariffs to force China’s hand on a new trade deal during the segment that was censored.

The Federalist reports:

China reportedly censored Vice President Mike Pence but not California Sen. Kamala Harris during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday.

“China censored Pence’s comments on China,” Canada’s Globe and Mail Beijing Correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe reported. “Signal returned when Harris began talking again.”

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According to the Federalist, the censorship comes a month after the United States intelligence community warned of international efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

“The U.S. intelligence community accused China and Iran of attempting to undermine the incumbent president’s re-election chances in hopes of a Joe Biden presidency,” the Federalist reports.

At the end of the summer, National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina similarly warned that “foreign states” were actively trying to sway voters.

“Ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives, shift U.S. policies, increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process,” he said in August, per the report.

He continued: “They may also seek to compromise our election infrastructure for a range of possible purposes, such as interfering with the voting process, stealing sensitive data, or calling into question the validity of the election results. However, it would be difficult for our adversaries to interfere with or manipulate voting results at scale.”