Chinese state media warned the U.S. that "messing up China-U.S. relations won't help 'make America great again,’" a direct response to President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan's president over the weekend and his subsequent anti-China tweets, reports The Hill.
The rhetoric comes via a front-page opinion piece in the overseas edition of People's Daily, the biggest newspaper group in China.
It characterizes Trump as a "diplomatic rookie" who would be ill-advised to challenge the communist nation’s positions on matters such as trade and Taiwan.
"Provoking friction and messing up China-US relations won't help 'make America great again,'" the op-ed warns.
Another state-run Chinese media outlet, the Global Times, featured a front-page story on Trump's "inability to keep his mouth shut", and slammed what it called his "provocation and falsehoods."