Chinese ambassador says dealing with Donald Trump is 'very confusing'

Chinese ambassador says dealing with Donald Trump is 'very confusing'

Trump didn't express regret. Now the question on both sides of the Pacific is, how will it end?

The interview comes as relations between Beijing and Washington plumbed new lows, following allegations of Chinese interference in USA elections and rising military tensions.

During an interview with US TV, he said it was often hard to know who was in charge of what.

If the U.S. sold four [Gerald R.] Ford-class aircraft carriers priced at US$15 billion each, it would easily make up for a $60 billion trade deficit with China. This is the first time Trump has said that China meddled in the 2016 presidential elections.

Xi Jinping. File photo: Flickr/Creative Commons.

"I think I'm very tough with him (Putin) personally, I had a meeting - the two of us - it was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting", said President Trump.

Hua Po, a political commentator in Beijing, agreed that trade was only the "superficial" source of friction. Cui argued trade has been mutually beneficial for China and the United States, concluding, "You have to look at the whole picture".

At the close of those meetings, finance officials from several countries, including Japan and Brazil, called on the feuding nations to come to a comprehensive agreement on trade issues. "I don't think they're ready yet".

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Tensions soared between the world's two largest economies last month at the annual UN General Assembly session.

"It's not Chinese warships that are going to the coast of California or to the Gulf of Mexico", he said, referring to a U.S. destroyer sailing near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on September 30.

When the reporter asked the president if he believed Russians interfered in the 2016 elections, Trump said Russians had meddled.

The two countries have still kept in contact on resolving the nuclear crisis with North Korea, a top priority for both powers, with Pompeo visiting Beijing after a stop in Pyongyang.

"You see, China has 1.4 billion people", Cui said.

Asked if Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 elections, which is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said: "They- they meddled".

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the USA, has announced that during the recent incident in the South China Sea, when a USA guided missile destroyer barely managed to avoid collision with a Chinese warship, the Chinese vessel was merely responding to an intervention "at China's doorstep".

"Given these dynamics, it is unlikely that either side will moderate its approach in the foreseeable future", he said.

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