Xi, Trump dis­cuss China-US co­op­er­a­tion

Work­ing to­gether ‘only cor­rect choice’, Chi­nese leader tells pres­i­dent-elect

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By MOJINGXI in Bei­jing mojingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Mon­day that “there are a lot of things” China and the United States need to, and can, co­op­er­ate on, in a phone call con­grat­u­lat­ing Don­ald Trump on his US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion vic­tory.

“Facts have shown that co­op­er­a­tion is the only cor­rect choice for China and the United States,” Xi told Trump, not­ing that the past 37 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions have brought con­crete ben­e­fits to the peo­ple of the two coun­tries, as well as fa­cil­i­tat­ing global peace and sta­bil­ity.

Since China and the US now have im­por­tant op­por­tu­ni­ties and great po­ten­tial for co­op­er­a­tion, Xi said the two coun­tries should bet­ter co­or­di­nate in pro­mot­ing the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of both coun­tries and the world, and ex­pand ex­changes in all fields to bring bi­lat­eral ties for­ward.

“Dur­ing the call, the lead­ers es­tab­lished a clear sense of mu­tual re­spect for one an­other,” a state­ment from Trump’s pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion of­fice said. “Pres­i­dent-elect Trump stated

that he be­lieves the two lead­ers will have one of the strong­est re­la­tion­ships for both coun­tries mov­ing for­ward.”

The two lead­ers also agreed to keep in close con­tact and meet at an early date.

Tao Wen­zhao, a re­searcher of Sino-US re­la­tions at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, said mu­tual in­ter­ests be­tween the US and China will not be sub­ject to US po­lit­i­cal changes. Both US par­ties sub­scribe to de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with Bei­jing.

Tao said it will take time to see how Trump’ s China pol­icy de­vel­ops af­ter he takes of­fice, though the new ad­min­is­tra­tion “will not nec­es­sar­ily re­sort to a trade war with China”, de­spite his state­ments dur­ing the cam­paign and pres­sure from many US politi­cians for greater con­tain­ment of China.

Tao said that is “be­cause he is a smart busi­ness­man, and a trade war surely im­pacts both sides”.

Fu Mengzi, a Sino-US re­la­tions re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said there should be a dis­tinc­tion be­tween Trump’s state­ments dur­ing the cam­paign and his poli­cies as pres­i­dent.

“He knows the im­por­tance of China-US re­la­tions. He will find some ‘China hands’ to draft his poli­cies to­ward China,” he said.

At a daily news con­fer­ence on Mon­day, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said China has re­mained in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the US side, in­clud­ing Trump’s team.

Geng also said that China ex­pects to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion at all lev­els and in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion .

“The fun­da­men­tals of China-US re­la­tions will not change in the fu­ture, even though fric­tions may oc­cur,” Fu said.

Tao said the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, cit­ing the 27th China-US Joint Com­mis­sion on Com­merce and Trade com­ing up in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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