China not forthcoming in Hawaii talks, but made commitment on trade: US diplomat

WASHINGTON, DC: China's attitude in talks with the United States this week in Hawaii cannot be described as forthcoming, although it did commit to following through on Phase One of the US-China trade deal, the senior US diplomat for East Asia said on Thursday (Jun 18).

David Stilwell, who spoke after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, told reporters the next couple of weeks would show whether the talks were productive.

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"The PRC (Peoples Republic of China) side could not be described as really forthcoming,” said Stilwell.

"Whether or not (they) were productive … look at what comes up in the next couple of weeks. Do we see a reduction in aggressive behaviour or not?"

At the same time, China did commit to following through on phase one of a trade agreement reached with the United States this year, Stilwell said, adding that trade would be a good acid test as to whether Beijing was a cooperative partner.

Stilwell said recent Chinese actions, over India, in the South China Sea and over Hong Kong had not been constructive. He said Washington looked forward to seeing China reconsider plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong.

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