Not at APEC, but Trump still topic

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Lima and ZHAO HUANXIN in Bei­jing

When Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his US coun­ter­part Barack Obama met in the cap­i­tal of Peru, the two had one per­son in mind: Don­ald Trump, the US pres­i­dent-elect, whom they ex­pect will main­tain the mo­men­tum of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

“Af­ter Mr. Trump was elected the next US pres­i­dent, I had a phone con­ver­sa­tion with him,” Xi said when he met Obama on Satur­day on the side­lines of meet­ings of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion be­ing held in Lima.

Xi said he is will­ing to work with Trump to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in dif­fer­ent fields at bi­lat­eral, re­gional and global lev­els, and man­age dif­fer­ences in a con­struc­tive way, so as to re­al­ize a re­la­tion­ship fea­tur­ing non­con­fronta­tion, mu­tual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion, and push for­ward China-United States ties fur­ther from a new start­ing point.

Obama, who is on his last overseas trip as pres­i­dent, said he had em­pha­sized to his suc­ces­sor the im­por­tance of re­la­tions with the world’s sec­ond­largest econ­omy.

“I have un­der­lined the im­por­tance of US-China re­la­tions to Trump, and stressed that there

should be a smooth tran­si­tion of bi­lat­eral ties in the wake of the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions,” Obama said, ac­cord­ing to a Chi-nese news re­lease.The US side is ready to de­vel-op a more sus­tained re­la­tion-ship with China, Obama said.Xi said the fre­quent high-lev-el ex­changes showed that both sides at­tach great im­por­tance to the de­vel­op­ment of the China-US re­la­tion­ship.Xi spoke highly of the US pres­i­dent’s en­deavor in de­velop-ing bi­lat­eral ties, es­pe­cially their joint de­ci­sion to build a new type of China-US ma­jor coun­try rela-tions, which has guided the two coun­tries to achieve sig­nifi­cant progress in bi­lat­eral ties. Re­call­ing his close con­tacts with Xi in re­cent years, Obama said he and Xi have es­tab-lished a can­did, friendly and con­struc­tive re­la­tion­ship and en­hanced mu­tual trust. In more than three years, Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing have joined hands to con­front chal-lenges and ef­fec­tively man­aged dif­fer­ences, while bi­lat­eral con­sul­ta­tion and co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms have yielded rich re­sults, said Obama. “We have demon­strated what’s pos­si­ble when our two coun­tries work to­gether ,” Obama said, adding that the US and China have col­lab­o­rate don­key global chal­lenges, such as fight­ing cli-mate change and end­ing the Ebola epi­demic in West Africa.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.