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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Blasts Meddling,Hails Gore

BEIJING -- China on Thursday blasted the United States over its stance on Hong Kong and a political funding scandal, even as it started rolling out the diplomatic welcome mat for a visit by U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, accused the U.S. Congress of meddling in Hong Kong, saying some legislators were using concerns about the territory's future to try to contain China.

The official Xinhua news agency slammed Washington over allegations that Beijing tried to illegally channel money to the Democratic Party.

The tirades were in sharp counterpoint to welcoming words from a Foreign Ministry spokesman for Gore, scheduled to arrive in Beijing next week for a visit that China is hailing as a significant step in Sino-U.S. relations.

A bill approved by the House, calling on Beijing to honor its promises on Hong Kong after the return to Chinese rule July 1, was pointless, unjustified and wrong, the People's Daily said.

"This once again reveals the ugly mentality of some members of the U.S. Congress who want to lord it over the world," the newspaper said.

Some congressmen were trying to use the Hong Kong issue to aid a policy of containment against China, it said. "No sovereign government could tolerate the practice of the supercilious U.S. Congress in grossly interfering in its internal affairs."

Separately, Xinhua said recent U.S. media reports accusing Beijing of attempting to make illegal campaign donations to U.S. Democratic politicians were lies spread by anti-China forces. "Some members of the U.S. Congress have also made use of the matter in an attempt to cook up charges against China," Xinhua said.

The Washington Post reported earlier that the FBI warned six members of Congress last year that they had been targeted by China to receive illegal campaign donations.