Elections too, says Trump

China's ambassador to America says the Trump administration is 'very confusing'

Beijing will defend itself in US trade war, says Chinese ambassador

"Honestly, I've been talking to ambassadors of other countries in Washington, D.C., and this is also part of their problem", Cui continued.

Trump's remarks came in an interview with CBS News's 60 Minutes programme in which he also said China meddles in USA elections, that the trade war with China was actually a "skirmish" and that he doesn't think climate change is a hoax, but remains doubtful of who or what caused it. "They don't know who is the final decision-maker". Of course, presumably, the president will take the final decision.

His comments come amid high political and economic tensions between the world's two largest economies, with officials from both nations having traded ever-harsher barbs in recent weeks.

Cui also said that accusations that China is stealing intellectual property and forcing technology transfers from USA companies are baseless and "not fair to the Chinese people".

Pence ramped up the rhetoric in a speech on October 4, saying Beijing has created a "a whole-of-government approach" to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Mr Trump has levied billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese imports as he presses Beijing to change restrictive trade practices that he says unfairly hurt American businesses and innovators.

But emerging markets are also dependent on growth in Europe, the United States and China.

Observing that since China joined the WTO in 2001 the USA trade deficit with China has more than quadrupled, Baldwin said that between 2001 and 2008, Chinese competition cost the U.S. 2.4 million manufacturing jobs and has driven down wages for nearly all production workers in the private sector workforce.

Cui could have sought the advice of another guest on the same show, Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, a former free trader who now follows the official line.

"I'm saying Russian Federation, but I'm also saying China", he said.

Looking to next month's meeting between Trump and Xi, Cui said it was clear from previous meetings between the two leaders that "such top-level communication played a key role, irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward".

The escalating trade row was seen as a contributing factor to last week's global market rout that sent the S&P 500 and other major United States indexes to their worst performances in months.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is unfazed by U.S. President Donald Trump telling "60 Minutes" in a new interview that Vladimir Putin is "probably, yeah" involved in assassinations and poisonings, in response to a question from journalist Lesley Stahl. "There's plans and discussions and agendas" being discussed, he said.

"There's a good, mutual understanding and a good working relationship between the two". "We've made our asks" on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added.

Mr Kudlow said that relations have "not been positive lately, and we have to have reciprocity in all of these areas: trade, security, military issues".

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