China seemed to disregard outspoken Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump Tuesday, saying his recent comments about the country's relationship with the United States were just "disturbances." Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying suggested the real estate mogul's opinions did not align with most Americans', Reuters reported.
"We understand that in the United States every person has the freedom to make all kinds of comments. But for the Chinese government, we pay even more attention to the U.S. government's policy toward China and mainstream U.S. public opinion," Chunying said. "The history of the development of Sino-U.S. ties in recent years shows that from time to time there will be all sorts of voices -- or sometimes, certain disturbances."
One of the loudest voices so far in the 2016 campaign cycle has been Trump's. The candidate has repeatedly said in speeches that China is "killing us" and stealing American jobs. He's also taken aim at China for manipulating its currency -- like last month, when the People's Bank of China devalued the yuan in an effort to boost its economy amid a widespread slowdown.
“China has gotten rich off us,” Trump recently told CNN. “China has rebuilt itself with the money it’s sucked out of the United States and the jobs that it’s sucked out of the United States.”
But, as he did after making controversial comments about Latinos earlier this year, Trump has also continuously asserted that he loves the Chinese people and has good business relations with them.
Tuesday was at least the second time China has responded to allegations made by Trump without naming him, Politico reported. In June, another spokesman for the foreign ministry called the "economic cooperation" between the two nations a "two-way, win-win situation."
Chunying reportedly declined to address specific Trump criticisms Tuesday. Instead, she said broadly that the American and Chinese people wanted their working relationship to continue developing. "I hope that all sides, whether officials or the media or people in both countries, can aim at this and work hard together to move in this direction," Chunying said.