Trump hon­ors one-China pol­icy

Xi ap­pre­ci­ates US pres­i­dent’s em­pha­sis on con­struc­tive re­la­tions

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump shifted to honor the one-China pol­icy dur­ing a phone call with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Fri­day.

Trump said he fully un­der­stands the high sig­nif­i­cance of the US gov­ern­ment’s pur­suit of the one-China pol­icy, adding that the US gov­ern­ment ad­heres to the one-China pol­icy, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Fri­day.

Xi said he ap­pre­ci­ated Trump’s stress­ing that the US gov­ern­ment ad­heres to the one-China pol­icy, adding that the pol­icy is the po­lit­i­cal ba­sis of China-US re­la­tions.

A White House state­ment said the lead­ers had a lengthy phone con­ver­sa­tion and de­scribed the call as “ex­tremely cor­dial.”

Xi thanked Trump for send­ing a let­ter Wed­nes­day to ex­tend his hol­i­day greet­ings to the Chi­nese peo­ple, who are celebrating the Chi­nese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – and the up­com­ing Lantern Fes-

tival that falls on Satur­day.

“The two great pow­ers have fi­nally re­turned to agree with the most ba­sic foun­da­tions for their diplo­matic ties,” Ni Feng, deputy di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said on Fri­day.

In the Shang­hai Com­mu­niqué, a ma­jor achieve­ment of for­mer US pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s ice-break­ing visit to China in 1972, the US side ac­knowl­edges that there is only one China and that Tai­wan is a part of China.

“Trump has come to un­der­stand Sino-US ties, re­al­iz­ing that the one-China pol­icy con­sti­tutes a cor­ner­stone of the re­la­tions, which are one of the most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral links in the world,” said Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor at China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity.

China and the US have main­tained close com­mu­ni­ca­tion on is­sues of com­mon con­cern since Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, Xi noted, say­ing that the ne­ces­sity and ur­gency of strength­en­ing China-US co­op­er­a­tion is fur­ther in­creased in the face of the cur­rent com­pli­cated in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion and var­i­ous chal­lenges.

The two lead­ers also agreed to main­tain close con­tact to ex­change opin­ions on is­sues of com­mon con­cern in a timely man­ner. Both of them ex­pressed their ea­ger­ness to hold a meet­ing at an early date.

China will work with the US to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion so that bi­lat­eral ties can ad­vance in a sound and sta­ble man­ner and yield more fruits to ben­e­fit the two peo­ples and peo­ple of all coun­tries in the world, Xi was quoted by Xin­hua as say­ing.

China is com­mit­ted to co­ex­ist­ing peace­fully with other coun­tries in the world, as well as con­duct­ing win-win co­op­er­a­tion with them, Xi said.

The Chi­nese pres­i­dent noted that China will strengthen co­or­di­na­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the US in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs to jointly safe­guard world peace and sta­bil­ity.

Trump said he was glad to talk over the phone with Xi, adding that it is very im­por­tant for both coun­tries to main­tain high-level com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Trump ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion with the close com­mu­ni­ca­tion the two sides have main­tained since he took of­fice and his ad­mi­ra­tion to­ward the Chi­nese peo­ple for the his­toric ac­com­plish­ment they have achieved in de­vel­op­ing their coun­try.

The US is com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing win-win co­op­er­a­tion with China in econ­omy, trade, in­vest­ment and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, Trump was quoted by Xin­hua as say­ing.

Ex­perts agreed that the phone call, which reaf­firmed the cor­ner­stone of the Sino-US ties, would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, but ex­pect pos­si­ble con­flicts over less crit­i­cal as­pects of the ties, such as trade and mil­i­tary se­cu­rity.

The de­vel­op­ment of China and the US can com­ple­ment each other and pro­mote each other, and the two coun­tries are to­tally ca­pa­ble of be­com­ing good co­op­er­a­tive part­ners, said the Chi­nese pres­i­dent.

Xi said that build­ing a sound China-US re­la­tion­ship is in the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the two peo­ples, and it is also the re­spon­si­bil­ity that China and the US need to as­sume as the world’s ma­jor coun­tries.

Xi said he greatly ap­pre­ci­ated Trump’s will­ing­ness to ex­pand China-US co­op­er­a­tion and de­velop a con­struc­tive bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship that will ben­e­fit the two coun­tries and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Mean­while, China hoped that the US could prop­erly han­dle is­sues re­gard­ing Tai­wan, so that the over­all co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries is not af­fected, Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang told a daily brief­ing on Fri­day.

The long-term, sound and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of Chin­aus re­la­tions not only serves the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­est of the two peo­ples but also chimes with the as­pi­ra­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, said Lu.

China is ready to boost mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion with the US in var­i­ous fields such as trade, in­vest­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, Xi said.

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