BRITAIN and China yesterday ended a round of Joint Liaison Group (JLG) talks with more bickering on transitional issues, prompting officials to cast doubts on China's commitment to its 'one country, two systems' policy. Disappointed at the lack of progress on crucial issues such as the Court of Final Appeal, British JLG leader Hugh Davies said he was having constantly to guard against Beijing interference in internal matters. But he admitted the British recognised the Chinese felt they had a legitimate interest in raising transitional issues. A senior government official said last night the Chinese demand for a greater say in matters such as the 1996/97 budget had raised fears of whether China was 'increasingly working towards a 'one country, one system' system'. A joint communique issued at the end of the three-day meeting merely listed 18 items being discussed. Apart from the stalemate over the Container Terminal 9 project, China was concerned over the Government's massive reclamation plans and moves to amend laws that might not be in line with the Basic Law. Only one agreement on investment protection between Hong Kong and New Zealand was endorsed. Another round of expert talks on the appeal court, twice postponed because of Chinese opposition, according to the British, has been scheduled for April 24. The issue is set to be discussed when British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd meets Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen in New York on April 18. Mr Davies said he expected an instruction for speedier work following the Hurd-Qian meeting. He said jokingly: 'I am rather considering resigning at the end of 1996 so that someone else can work away during the last six months, because I think there could be a very great deal of work during 1997.' The government official said the talks 'might be the most dismal JLG session'. Equally disappointed, Chinese team leader Zhao Jihua said Britain was to be blamed for any delay in implementing the 1991 deal on the appeal court. He said China would not make its decision subject to the timetable of other parties. The two sides were yet to resolve issues such as the convergence of the bill with the Basic Law, said Mr Zhao. Mr Davies said the Chinese side had made generalised statements without specifying their real concerns. 'These generalised statements don't really carry us anywhere forward. We've had 11 months now to discuss Chinese concerns. If those concerns are real concerns then we could have dealt with them long ago,' he said. 'We'll still deal with them in our next session, but I don't really know what they are. If they say anything more specific, we will certainly deal with it,' he added.