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We don't meddle, China tells El Salvador's Bukele

Friday, March 15, 2019

China on Thursday rejected comments by Salvadoran President-elect Nayib Bukele, who accused the Asian power of not playing by the rules and intervening in other nations’ affairs.

Bukele, a political outsider who was elected in February as the nation’s next president, has questioned whether El Salvador should maintain diplomatic relations with China.

In August, El Salvador broke ties with Taiwan to establish relations with China. China later offered El Salvador about $150 million for social projects and 3,000 tons of rice to feed thousands of Salvadorans struck by a drought.

“China does not play by the rules; they do not respect the rules,” Bukele said on Wednesday at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, Reuters reports.