China warned the United States on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies that could disrupt U.S.-China relations. The Red Dragon's cautionary advice came after GOP favorite Donald Trump won Nevada's caucus with a landslide 45.9% of the vote and 14 of its 30 delegates.
In a statement made overnight, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that "we are following with interest the U.S. presidential election."
Hua was asked about China's response to a potential Trump presidency and his plan to impose 45% tariffs on imported Chinese goods.
"Since it belongs to the domestic affair of the U.S., I am not going to make comments on specific remarks by the relevant candidate," she said, according The Washington Free Beacon earlier today. "But I want to stress that China and the U.S., as [the] world's largest developing and developed countries, shoulder major responsibilities in safeguarding world peace, stability, and security and driving world development."
Hua's comments also likely alluded to the importance of maintaining a peaceful relationship with the United States as military issues escalate in the South China Sea. Her statement comes a day after Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, held talks in Washington with Secretary of State John Kerry on the intense maritime dispute.
Hua said Wang and Kerry agreed that both the Unites States and China will improve cooperation over the matter.
Meanwhile, Trump has said he would like to bolster the U.S. military and "deploy it appropriately in the East and South China Seas," according to his website.
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