Xi urges Trump to honor US pledges

In phone call, he says ‘some neg­a­tive fac­tors’ need at­ten­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China hopes the United States will ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dress is­sues re­gard­ing Taiwan by hon­or­ing the one-China pol­icy and the three key bi­lat­eral joint state­ments made to date, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in a tele­phone conversation on Mon­day.

The conversation came at a time when two-way ties have been strained by Wash­ing­ton’s re­cently un­veiled plan to sell arms to Taiwan and the in­cur­sion of a war­ship into Chi­nese ter­ri­to­rial waters off the Xisha Is­lands in the South China Sea.

Ob­servers warned that if Wash­ing­ton fails to do dam­age con­trol, ties be­tween the coun­tries may fray, as an arms deal breaches US pledges in past of­fi­cial state­ments and be­trays the one-China pol­icy.

Xi said bi­lat­eral ties have been bol­stered in im­por­tant ways since his meet­ing with Trump at the Mar-aLago re­sort in the US in April, but added that ties are also “im­pacted by some neg­a­tive fac­tors”.

The two largest world economies should “fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion and man­age and con­trol their dif­fer­ences”, Xi said.

Trump said the re­la­tion­ship has broad prospects, with both coun­tries hav­ing a wide spec­trum of com­mon in­ter­ests. The US govern­ment con­tin­ues to up­hold the one-China pol­icy, and there has been no change in that po­si­tion, he said.

Xi said China at­taches great im­por­tance to Trump’s reaf­fir­ma­tion of US ad­her­ence to the pol­icy.

The two lead­ers agreed to meet on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg, Ger­many, this week and will con­tinue to ex­change views on is­sues of com­mon con­cern, the Foreign Min­istry said in a re­lease.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said the US arms sales to Taiwan “obviously breach US com­mit­ments” in the three key state­ments, while in­ter­fer­ing with China’s do­mes­tic af­fairs and send­ing mis­lead­ing sig­nals to those who seek Taiwan in­de­pen­dence.

“Although Wash­ing­ton has many times reaf­firmed that it sub­scribes to the one-China pol­icy, it should take ac­tions that honor its words, rather than eat­ing its words,” Ruan said.

Yin Zhuo, di­rec­tor of the Ex­pert Con­sul­ta­tion Com­mit­tee of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Navy, said that de­spite the neg­a­tive fac­tors cloud­ing over­all ties, the two mil­i­taries have in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized di­a­logue mech­a­nisms and fre­quent ex­changes of of­fi­cers to help elim­i­nate doubts and mis­trust.

When re­fer­ring to the chal­lenges fac­ing the global econ­omy, Xi said it is nec­es­sary for China and the US to work with other G20 mem­ber economies to strengthen the group’s role and re­in­force con­certed ef­forts.

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