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Blame them, says Chinese ambassador on sinking US-China trade deal

Ambassador Cui Tiankai in an interview with Fox News said if US had not changed its mind repeatedly and signed deals, the trade war could have ended between the two countries.

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China’s Vice Premier Liu He shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as Yi Gang, governor of the People's Bank of China (PBC) and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stand next to them | Photo: Reuters

China's to the said in a Tuesday interview with that repeatedly "changed its mind overnight" and sunk deals that could have ended the two countries' trade war.

also slammed as "politically motivated" the White House's move to ban the transfer or sale of to Chinese telcom giant

"We are very worried. Such actions will really undermine people's confidence in the normal function of the market," Tiankai told Fox.

has long suspected deep links between and the Chinese military, and its moves against the company came amid the churning trade dispute.

After a six month ceasefire, the standoff erupted a new on May 10 when the increased punitive duties on $200 billion in Chinese imports after talks in collapsed.

followed suit three days later, saying it would raise tariffs on USD 60 billion in US exports starting on June 1.

In the interview, Tiankai said the administration of was to blame for the failure to reach an agreement.

"If you review the process of trade talks between us over the last year or so, it's quite clear it is the US side that more than once changed its mind overnight and broke the tentative deal already reached," Tiankai said.

"remains ready to continue our talks with our American colleagues to reach a conclusion. Our door is still open," he added.

US officials this week however issued a 90-day reprieve on the ban on dealing with Huawei, saying breathing space is needed to a avoid huge disruption.

First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 09:46 IST