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Trump adviser Bolton, in Ukraine, warns of Chinese influence

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Trump adviser Bolton, in Ukraine, warns of Chinese influence
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy shakes hands with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine August 28, 2019. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS   -   Copyright  Ukrainian Presidential Press Ser(Reuters)
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KIEV (Reuters) – U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned on Wednesday of the threat of unfair Chinese trade practices during a trip to Kiev and said he had discussed his concerns with officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Asked about a possible acquisition by China of Ukrainian aircraft engine maker Motor Sich, Bolton told reporters he did not want to discuss specific companies or transactions and that such deals were a sovereign matter for Ukraine.

But he made clear Washington disapproved.

“We laid out our concerns about … unfair Chinese trade practices, threats to national security we’ve seen in the United States…” he said at a news conference in Kiev.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow ; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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