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Google should drop plans for China return, Pence says

Beijing bashes vice president's speech in further deterioration of bilateral ties

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Washington-based Hudson Institute on Oct. 4. (Photo courtesy of the Hudson Institute)

NEW YORK -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sharply criticized Chinese aggression and interference, both military and economic, in a wide-ranging speech on Thursday at a Washington-based think tank that called out Beijing's activities in the South China Sea and singled out Google for its plans to return to China.

"Google should immediately end development of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen the Communist Party's censorship, and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers," Pence said of the secretive project, which would allow the tech company to restart its search engine operations in mainland China in compliance with Beijing's strict censorship laws.

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