"He [Pence] demanded that China must respect the international law. I would like to say that China is a good example [for other countries] in terms of respect for international law. I saw that recently Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman [Maria] Zakharova spent 15 minutes of a press briefing in order to mention US violations and denouncement of the international treaties. That is why I sincerely recommend some US officials not to exaggerate their [compliance with the international law] and blame others," Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
She pointed out that China respected the security and development interests of the United States and called on Washington to respect the sovereignty and interests of Beijing.
"Concerning the trade and economic differences, China has a very clear and consistent position. We believe that the Chinese-US trade and economic cooperation is naturally mutually beneficial. Equal talks are the only way to solve the trade issues," Hua added.
The Chinese-US trade row escalated in March after US President Donald Trump announced import tariffs on steel and aluminium. Since then, Washington and Beijing have imposed several rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs.