Trump Adviser Bolton, in Ukraine, Warns of Chinese Influence

Discussed concerns with officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskiy

FILE PHOTO: U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton arrives for a meeting with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid at Downing Street in London
August 28, 2019

KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser 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)