US urged to honour One-China policy amid trade talks

US and China are working on finalising details of a trade deal. (AFP pic)

BEIJING: A senior Chinese diplomat said China will honour its phase-one trade commitments and suggested that the US live up to theirs on issues such as Taiwan.

In an interview with Chinese state television CGTN on Saturday night, Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the US, also said talk of a new Cold War was “very irresponsible.”

The comments came as Beijing and Washington are working on final details of an interim trade deal that may see some of the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods lifted.

“We will always implement what we promised. There is no problem with that,” Cui said. “The US has made commitments to the one-China policy. I just hope they will honour their commitment.”

Earlier this year the Trump administration informally told Congress that it supports a potential sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, drawing a preemptive warning from China.

US President Donald Trump said earlier this week that he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping would meet and sign the phase-one deal, but China did not confirm that the two leaders will meet.

“We have full confidence in our negotiators,” Cui said. “Let the two teams do their job. Still, they are under the guidance of the two presidents.”