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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Denies Secret Campaign Donations

BEIJING -- Calling the allegations slander, China on Thursday denied trying to influence U.S. elections and said critics who accuse it of making secret campaign donations risk damaging Chinese-U.S. relations.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Tang Guoqiang, speaking at a weekly news briefing, said the uproar in Washington over claims China funneled money to American candidates was motivated by domestic U.S. politics. "Some people in the United States, out of domestic political needs, are out of thin air once again slandering China with accusations that it is involved in the so-called political donations. This is completely groundless,'' Tang said. "We hope they respect the facts ... and stop their mistakes. Don't do this again and damage the two countries' relations.''

Fred Thompson, chairman of a Senate committee looking into fund-raising abuses during the 1996 presidential and congressional races, claimed Tuesday to have evidence of a "Chinese plan to subvert our election process.''

Thompson did not make public evidence to support his claim, and other members of the committee said they were not ready to go so far.

Tang did not respond specifically to Thompson's allegations, but he said China had no interest in meddling in the domestic politics of other countries.