President-elect Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has not decided whether to keep relations with China but says the Asian nation is not being respectful to his country.

In his first public remarks since winning election last month, the 37-year-old Bukele said Wednesday during a visit to Washington that China does not respect the rules of commerce, manipulates its currency and meddles into other countries’ democracies.

Last year, current President Salvador Sanchez Ceren switched El Salvador’s diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to Beijing, a move that prompted Washington to recall its ambassador.

El Salvador's President-elect Nayib Bukele speaks to the press at Mexico's National Palace after meeting with the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
El Salvador’s President-elect Nayib Bukele speaks to the press at Mexico’s National Palace after meeting with the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
El Salvador's President-elect Nayib Bukele walks past the Diego Rivera murals at Mexico's National Palace after meeting with the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
El Salvador’s President-elect Nayib Bukele walks past the Diego Rivera murals at Mexico’s National Palace after meeting with the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
In this photo provided by the Mexican Presidency, EL Salvador's President-elect Nayib Bukele, left, poses for a photo with Mexico's President Andres Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Mexican Presidency via AP)
In this photo provided by the Mexican Presidency, EL Salvador’s President-elect Nayib Bukele, left, poses for a photo with Mexico’s President Andres Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Mexican Presidency via AP)

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