China offended by U.S. breach of protocol: Powers contradict about meetings concerning Myanmar

The U.S.’s initial announcement of cooperation with China was not accurate, a Chinese official stated at about 3:45 p.m.

The official added that China had not expressed a desire for U.S. involvement in the Myanmar conflict.

The official further stated that the country was deeply offended by the U.S.’s breach of diplomatic protocol.

The United States released a press release earlier today stating that they met with China earlier at 1:40 p.m. today agreeing upon cooperation working toward a peaceful movement in Burma.

Upon investigation China replied that they had not met with the United States.

Meeting again with the United States, their media correspondent said they had met twice with a China representative named John Haupt.

Interviewing Haupt he replied that he had met with the United States, but had not disclosed this meeting prior to the press release. Haupt did not say what time the meetings were held.

“The US and China both agree on peace and stability within the region,” said Haupt in reference to their meetings.

At 3:20 p.m. the United States called an unannounced meeting with China.

When media arrived to the meeting one of the US representatives said, “Now the press knows we are meeting with China.”

China said they will not talk when the press is present without a set agenda and if the press is not there, then they do not need an agenda.

The U.S. and Thailand will meet with the press at 4:20 p.m.

China will meet with the press at 4:40 p.m.

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