Cui looks for smooth tran­si­tion, steady ties

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­

China looks for­ward to fur­ther strength­en­ing ties with the United States after Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump takes of­fice on Jan 20, ac­cord­ing to Cui Tiankai, the Chi­nese am­bas­sador in Wash­ing­ton.

“What we want to see in China is a smooth tran­si­tion and con­tin­ued growth of our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, so that we can bring even greater ben­e­fits to our two peo­ples,” he said in an in­ter­view on Fri­day with CNN’s Chris­tiane Aman­pour.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping sent a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to Trump after his elec­tion vic­tory on Wed­nes­day. Vice-Pres­i­dent Li Yuan­chao also con­grat­u­lated Mike Pence, the US vice-pres­i­den­t­elect.

Asked about Trump’s cam­paign rhetoric, such as a pledge to im­pose a 45 per­cent tar­iff on Chi­nese im­ports and brand­ing China a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor, Cui said bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are based on grow­ing com­mon in­ter­ests and cited co­op­er­a­tion in a range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing the global econ­omy, trade and in­vest­ment, en­ergy and coun­tert­er­ror­ism.

Both coun­tries have greatly ben­e­fited from in­creased co­op­er­a­tion in re­cent decades, the diplo­mat said, adding that com­mon in­ter­ests “will de­ter­mine the fu­ture di­rec­tion of this re­la­tion­ship”.

Trump talked about the tar­iff early in his cam­paign but has not men­tioned this in re­cent months. It is be­lieved such a tar­iff would not only vi­o­late World Trade

Cui Tiankai, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to the US

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