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    Donald Trump slammed China for devaluing currency, heavy tariffs imposed on the US goods, and military build-up in the South China Sea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) US President-elect Donald Trump slammed China on Monday for devaluing currency, heavy tariffs imposed on the US goods, and military build-up in the South China Sea.

    "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!" Trump posted in his official Twitter account.

    During the 2016 presidential race, Trump accused China of currency manipulation and proposed to raise the issue of country's commitment to the World Trade Organization rules. The president-elect also vowed to impose a 45-percent tariff on imports from China, blaming the cheap imports for the loss of jobs in the United States.

    Washington and Beijing interests clash in the South China Sea, with China and US allies, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, having competing claims to the territory. The US Navy continues patrols in the area, with officials stating these would continue despite Chinese protests.

    On Sunday, Trump had a phone talk with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen. It was the first phone conversation between the US president and the head of Taiwan since 1979, when Washington ceased to recognize Taipei as a sovereign nation.


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