Vice President Mike Pence had something of a war of words with Chinese president Xi Jinping in dueling speeches over the weekend. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea, President Xi said that tariffs were “short sighted” and “doomed to failure.” Moments later, Pence said the region’s countries should look to the Unites States as a “better option” compared with China’s heavy-handed approach to economic and diplomatic relations. The dueling speeches illustrate how far apart the U.S. and China remain on resolving an ongoing, but little discussed, trade war. Trump and Xi are set to meet a few weeks from now at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.
MEANWHILE—Pence gave Russian dictator—president—Vladimir Putin a cold stare at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Pence had warned Putin not to continue interfering in U.S. elections amid discussions of arms control and the upcoming G-20 Summit.
—QUOTABLE: “Look, we’ve been very clear about this administration’s commitment to ensure, whether it be Russia or other countries, that there’s no tolerance for meddling in our elections.” -Pence