FM: Trump’s China visit ‘suc­cess­ful and his­toric’

Trade, eco­nomic ex­changes to grow as ties deepen

Global Times - Weekend - - TOPNEWS - By Yang Sheng

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to China was a suc­cess­ful and his­toric one as he and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping reached a con­sen­sus on the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties and ex­changed ideas on ma­jor regional is­sues, the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry said on Fri­day.

“Pres­i­dent Trump’s visit has not only drawn at­ten­tion from China and the US but also at­tracted the at­ten­tion of other coun­tries. It be­came a suc­cess­ful and his­toric visit from the ef­forts of both coun­tries,” Hua Chun­y­ing, spokesper­son of the For­eign Min­istry, told a rou­tine press con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

Hua said Xi and Trump ex­changed ideas on ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and regional is­sues and reached a new con­sen­sus on the de­vel­op­ment on bi­lat­eral ties in the next phase.

Among the im­por­tant and fruit­ful achieve­ments made dur­ing Trump’s visit, Hua ad­dressed three points, in­clud­ing the im­por­tance of Sino-US ties, bi­lat­eral trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and the con­sen­sus reached on the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue.

“The two sides have reached an im­por­tant con­sen­sus on the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue. They re­it­er­ated their stance on the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula to pro­tect the nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion mech­a­nism, and to make ef­forts to re­solve the is­sue through talks and ne­go­ti­a­tions. The two sides are will­ing to dis­cuss the right way to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity in North­east Asia,” Hua said.

The North Korean nu­clear is­sue fig­ured promi­nently in the Xi-Trump’s meet­ing. The For­eign Min­istry’s re­lease on Fri­day said both lead­ers agreed to push for the “com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible de­nu­cle­ariza­tion” of the penin­sula, and that the two coun­tries will not rec­og­nize North Korea as a nu­clear power.

“China and the US share com­mon in­ter­ests on this is­sue but we still have dif­fer­ences on the de­tails. Af­ter Xi and Trump met, the two great pow­ers reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to solve the prob­lem through peace­ful means,” Da Zhi­gang, direc­tor of the In­sti­tute of North­east Asian Stud­ies at the Hei­longjiang Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

“It is now time for North Korea to re­spond. But Py­ongyang is un­likely to give up its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams, so it might lead to a greater strug­gle,” Da said.

“The com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible de­nu­cle­ariza­tion is the US’ re­quest. China may also be pre­par­ing more spe­cific and stricter mea­sures to re­al­ize this goal if North Korea shows no sin­cer­ity, such as cut­ting off its gas sup­ply,” Zheng Jiy­ong, direc­tor of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity’s Cen­ter for Korean Stud­ies, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

On trade and eco­nomic is­sues, Hua said that China and the US reached a con­struc­tive con­sen­sus on deal­ing with these is­sues.

“The two sides will con­tinue to de­velop the mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion… trade and eco­nomic ties would be pushed for­ward by mak­ing a big­ger cake,” Hua said, not­ing that the $253.5 bil­lion in deals signed dur­ing Trump’s visit showed the wide foun­da­tion and promis­ing prospect of co­op­er­a­tion.

On the sec­ond day of Trump’s visit to China, a to­tal of $253.5 bil­lion in deals rang­ing from agri­cul­tural pro­duce to high-tech prod­ucts were reached, chi­nanews.com re­ported.

China also re­quested the US to loosen re­stric­tions on high-tech ex­ports to China and treat Chi­nese in­vest­ments in the US fairly, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease from the For­eign Min­istry on Fri­day.

“The US is al­ways re­luc­tant to do more in the high-tech fields. They should know that China’s de­vel­op­ment in high-tech is very fast, and we can achieve many goals with or with­out US ex­ports. The US should know that it is in their in­ter­ests to relax re­stric­tions,” said Bai Ming, a re­search fel­low at the Chi­nese Academy of In­ter­na­tional Trade and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion.

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