He made the statement during an interview on CBS News's 60 Minutes programme.
When asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace who Ambassador Cui Tiankai believed in the Trump administration was running trade policy with China, the ambassador replied, "You tell me". If you look at their economy, the Chinese economy is not doing well.
China's ambassador to the USA said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.
Pressed on why they aren't ready and how he will know when they are, Trump said, "I just don't think they're ready yet". "Of course, presumably the President would take the final decision". But who is playing what role?
"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. This is the first time Trump has said that China meddled in the 2016 presidential elections. "China would love to make a deal", said Trump.
Trump has begun accusing China of meddling in United States elections only recently and in connection with Beijing's selective targeting of his voter-base for retaliatory measures against tariffs imposed by Trump on Chinese imports.
Cui was also asked about Vice President Mike Pence's recent speech on U.S. He has also called repeatedly for a more reciprocal trading relationship with China and other countries.
China's state-run newspapers are typically not known to run advertising supplements from USA media organizations.
China accused the United States on Sunday of going on the offensive by sending U.S. Navy vessels into the South China Sea and described U.S. arms sales to Taiwan as interference in Chinese internal affairs.
At the same meetings, Chinese officials received an unusual gesture of support when Mexico's former president Ernesto Zedillo counseled them to follow the example set by Mexico and Canada during their recent re-negotiations with the US on the North American Free Trade Agreement. "They meddled", he said of Russian Federation, "but I think China meddled too". "It would be hard to imagine that one-fifth of the global population could develop and not prosper, not by relying mainly on their own efforts but by stealing or forcing some transfer of technology from others".
The head of equities at Franklin Templeton in California, Stephen Dover, says, "The breakthrough with Canada will put fresh pressure on China, which is facing a clear weakening of its manufacturing sector".
"There's a good, mutual understanding and a good working relationship between the two".
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