Xi calls for ‘smooth tran­si­tion’ with US

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Bei­jing: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called on Satur­day for a “smooth tran­si­tion” in Bei­jing’s re­la­tion­ship with Wash­ing­ton and praised out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for strength­en­ing ties be­tween the two na­tions. Dur­ing a meet­ing in Peru, Mr Obama again urged all sides in the dis­pute over the South China Sea to re­duce ten­sions and re­solve their dis­putes peace­fully. He also en­cour­aged China to ad­vance eco­nomic re­forms, in­clud­ing a tran­si­tion to a mar­ket-de­ter­mined cur­rency ex­change rate. The meet­ing on the side­lines of an Asia-Pa­cific fo­rum is ex­pected to be the last be­tween the two lead­ers be­fore Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump en­ters the White House. Mr Trump has been sharply crit­i­cal of China. “We meet at a hinge mo­ment in the China-US re­la­tion­ship,” Mr Xi said at the start of the meet­ing, through an in­ter­preter. “I hope the two sides will work to­gether to fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion, man­age our dif­fer­ences and make sure there is a smooth tran­si­tion in the re­la­tion­ship and that it will con­tinue to grow go­ing for­ward,” he said. Mr Trump, a Repub­li­can, has ac­cused China of be­ing a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor and promised to slap big tar­iffs on im­ported Chi­nese goods. He has called cli­mate change a “hoax” de­signed to help Bei­jing.

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