Trump sends greet­ings to Xi

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Washington huanx­inzhao@ chi­nadai­

Vice-Pre­mier Liu Yan­dong told US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day that Bei­jing is ready to work with Washington to make his first state visit to China a “suc­cess­ful, his­toric” one.

Dur­ing their meet­ing at the White House, Liu also con­veyed Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s greet­ings to Trump, who in re­turn asked Liu to send his greet­ings to Xi.

The White House an­nounced early on Fri­day that Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump will travel to Ja­pan, South Korea, China, Viet­nam and the Philip­pines­from Nov 3 to 14.

Trump will also at­tend the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit in Viet­nam.

Trump said he is very much look­ing for­ward to his China trip and to meet­ing again with Pres­i­dent Xi.

The two pres­i­dents have met twice this year, at Mar-aLago re­sort in Florida in April and in Ham­burg, Ger­many, dur­ing the G20 sum­mit in July.

Trump said he be­lieves the visit will be a great suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from China’s For­eign Min­istry.

US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son left for Bei­jing later on Thurs­day to pre­pare for Trump’s visit. It will be Tiller­son’s sec­ond trip to China as sec­re­tary of state.

Liu also told Trump that the first China-US So­cial and Cul­tural Di­a­logue has yielded pos­i­tive re­sults, thanks to the con­certed ef­forts of the two sides.

The di­a­logue, one of four Cabi­net-level di­a­logues agreed to by Trump and Xi at their Florida meet­ing, was co-chaired by Liu and Tiller­son on Thurs­day and fo­cused on the theme of “liv­ing to­gether for the next 50 years based on mu­tual un­der­stand­ing”.

Liu said she hoped the two sides will im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus of the pres­i­dents by giv­ing full dis­play to the role of cul­tural ex­change in build­ing stronger so­cial and pub­lic sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of Sino-US re­la­tions.

Trump also stressed the im­por­tance of US-China so­cial and cul­tural ex­change, say­ing that he hoped the two sides would ex­pand ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Heather Nauert, spokes­woman for the US State Depart­ment, said the in­au­gu­ral China-US So­cial and Cul­tural Di­a­logue was “ter­rific”.

“That di­a­logue fo­cused on ad­vanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion in seven ar­eas: ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial de­vel­op­ment, science and tech­nol­ogy, health, sub­na­tional, arts and cul­ture, and en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion,” she said.

At the di­a­logue on Thurs­day, the vice-pre­mier said that for the China-US ex­changes to move steadily for­ward over time, they should lay a solid foun­da­tion for Sino-US re­la­tions by con­sid­er­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship over the next 50 years.

The two sides should also re­spect each other’s de­vel­op­ment path and so­cial sys­tem as well as each other’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and ben­e­fits, Liu said.

Tiller­son said the US is ready to ex­pand ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous so­cial and cul­tural ar­eas, which he said is of great im­por­tance to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease from the For­eign Min­istry.

The two sides is­sued a joint dec­la­ra­tion after the first di­a­logue and the First China-US So­cial and Cul­tural Di­a­logue Ac­tion Plan, which de­tails at least 130 projects for the two sides to im­ple­ment.

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