Officials in Beijing swung back at the US on Thursday. They denied President Donald Trump's claims that China is meddling in the upcoming US midterm elections. They also urged America to stop its, quote, unceasing criticism and slander.>> China has always maintained a principle of not interfering in the international affairs of other countries.
This is a diplomatic tradition of China's. In fact, the international community is very clear over who interferes the most in other countries' internal affairs.>> Hours before, Trump had called out China on election interference, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.>> Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration.
They do not want me or us to win, because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade.>> Later, Trump in a tweet said that China's actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news.
China also answered that Thursday, claiming that the state run at China Daily placed the ad, and that many foreign media pay to publish articles in American media.
Elsewhere in Beijing, defense officials criticized the US military for flying B-52 bombers near the South China Sea. They urged the US to take steps to ease rising military tensions. It all adds to the list of sensitive issues the two sides have been butting heads over, including Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province.
Beijing this week said it was angry after the US approved the sale to Taiwan of $300 million worth of parts for F-16 fighter jets and other military aircraft.