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U.S. and China spar over El Salvador

Chinese Vice President and Salvadorian politician.
Chinese Vice President Wan Qishan (R) and Salvadoran politician Medardo Gonzalez. Photo: Roman Pilipey-Pool/Getty Images

The White House scolded El Salvador this week for its move to "abandon diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China," Politico reports.

The details: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Thursday the country's "receptiveness to China's apparent interference" in its politics "is of grave concern...and will result in a reevaluation of our relationship with El Salvador." China's foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang pushed back, per Politico, asking countries to respect El Salvador's decision, and saying it's "obvious who is politically interfering in the region."