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Chinese state media on Trump's Twitter use: 'Diplomacy not a child's game'

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Andrew V. Pestano
President-elect Donald Trump, seen here in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on December 6, was criticized by Chinese media over his comments via Twitter on Asian-region policy. Xinhua said Trump's obsession with Twitter diplomacy is undesirable. Pool Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/UPI
President-elect Donald Trump, seen here in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on December 6, was criticized by Chinese media over his comments via Twitter on Asian-region policy. Xinhua said Trump's "obsession" with "Twitter diplomacy" is "undesirable." Pool Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/UPI | License Photo

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Xinhua, China's official news agency, has criticized U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's use of Twitter to comment on international issues, suggesting "diplomacy is not a child's game."

In commentary posted on Xinhua's Chinese-language website, the agency recommended Trump cease his use of Twitter to comment on diplomatic and business issues, adding that "tweeting has become a habit for Mr. Trump."

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"The obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy' is undesirable," the Xinhua commentary said. "It is commonly accepted that diplomacy is not a child's game -- and even less is it business dealing. As former United States Secretary of State [Madeleine] Albright said, Twitter should not be a tool for foreign policy."

On Monday, Trump criticized China by tweeting that "China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won't help with North Korea. Nice!" following another tweet saying that North Korea's nuclear development "won't happen" during his presidency.

Chinese state media issued a strong response to Trump on Wednesday. A blunt editorial published in state tabloid Global Times warned Trump against "stubbornly persisting" in condemnations of Beijing for North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear weapons program.

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The Global Times also said Trump was as "ignorant as a child in foreign policy," adding that he was "pandering to irresponsible attitudes."

On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to mock U.S. intelligence agencies, citing an alleged delay in a briefing over Russian hacking. U.S. officials said no such setback occurred.

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