China Blasts Trump's Twitter 'Obsession'

As South Korea hires official to monitor Trump's tweets
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2017 8:21 AM CST
President-elect Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – A few too many tweets directed at China may have finally prompted the country to lash out at Donald Trump. An editorial posted to the Chinese website of state-run news agency Xinhua on Tuesday slammed Trump's "obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy'" as "undesirable." It continued: "Diplomacy is not a child's game—and even less is it business dealing" and "Twitter should not be a tool for foreign policy," reports CNN. In other words, Xinhua "asked Mr. Trump to shut up," interprets the New York Times. Trump has criticized China repeatedly on Twitter in recent weeks. On Monday, he accused China of "taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the US in totally one-sided trade," but said the country "won't help with North Korea. Nice!"

The Chinese government—which advised Trump against "saying or doing anything that may escalate tensions"—isn't the only one paying attention to his tweets. South Korea's foreign ministry has tasked an official with the sole job of monitoring Trump's tweets, reports the Telegraph, via the JoongAng Daily. The South Korean paper says the government hopes to get a better sense of what a Trump White House will look like, calling the tweets "currently the most effective insight into policies of the incoming administration." The paper indicates that what it calls the "new tweet compiler" is already hard at work, having communicated news of Trump's "It won't happen!" Monday tweet to the country's foreign minister; a rep then commented on South Korea's perception of Trump's take on the situation. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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