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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter post on currencies in China and Russia was a warning to those countries against devaluing their currencies, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Tuesday in an interview with CNBC.
The tweet referred to what Trump sees as unfair trading advantages: If a country's currency is artificially low, its exports are more competitive. Higher U.S. interest rates would generally increase the value of the dollar, making U.S. exports more expensive.
Since Trump took office in January 2017, the dollar has weakened substantially against most currencies, including the Chinese yuan and, until the United States imposed sanctions on Russia in the last few weeks, the ruble.
Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying noted that what Trump said seemed to contradict the U.S. Treasury's report last week that refrained from naming any major trading partners as currency manipulators.
"So it seems like the information being released by the U.S. side is a bit chaotic," she told a daily news briefing.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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