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
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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)