CHINA has never said it objected to using the single-seat, single-vote method for the 1995 Legislative Council elections, according to the Director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Lu Ping. Yesterday's pro-China newspaper Ta Kung Pao said Mr Lu made the points clear at a weekend meeting. He said China believed the system should be discussed along with other matters related to the Legco polls. China proposed dealing with the municipal councils and the district boards elections first because this would allow more time to discuss arrangements for the Legco elections. ''But Britain opposes this, which is rather unreasonable,'' he said. On the appointment system, Mr Lu said China did not look at the issue from the angle of whether there should be more democracy, but from the operations point of view. Appointed members could provide professional expertise which those directly-elected might not have. Since Britain insisted on abolishing the system, China had agreed to do so for the 1994 district board elections. And if it saw a need to re-activate the system after 1997, the Chief Executive could then appoint people to sit on the district boards and municipal councils. China had met the three conditions set by Britain. ''But Britain insists on linking the Legco elections with the rest, that is really too much,'' he said. He said what Britain meant by dealing with the simple issues first was actually an attempt to break up the 1994/95 electoral arrangements into parts and then bring them to Legco to be re-assembled again. On suggestions that Britain would table a partial bill in Legco, Mr Lu said doing this would create more obstacles. Meanwhile, a source quoted by yesterday's Wen Wei Po said it was the British representative who suddenly called off ''the first-stage negotiations''. Asked if the breakdown would affect Hong Kong's economy and the airport, the source said China's position was to separate politics from economics. But under the current atmosphere, it would be difficult to completely solve the airport dispute in the near future.