Xi, Trump Agree on Leading Role in Sino–US Ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting United States President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed on maintaining the strategic leading role of headof-state diplomacy in developing bilateral relations.
“Both sides should draw the future roadmap for the development of China-US ties, and increase trust and defuse doubts on major and sensitive issues in line with the goal set by the heads of state,” President Xi said during their talks in Beijing.
Mr Trump also pledged to maintain close communication with Xi and promote the development of bilateral ties and cooperation on international affairs.
The two sides agreed to increase exchanges at various levels, give a full play to the four high-level dialogue mechanisms initiated by Mr Xi and Mr Trump – the diplomatic and security dialogue, the comprehensive economic dialogue, the law enforcement and cyber security dialogue, and the social and people-to-people dialogue.
DEFINING THE RELATIONS
“We believe Sino-US relations concern not only the well-being of both peoples, but also world peace, prosperity and stability,” Mr Xi said during the talks.
The presidents agreed that cooperation is the “only correct choice” for China and the United States, and a better future would only be achieved through win-win cooperation. Mr Xi noted that the Sino-US relations are “at a new historic starting point” and China is willing to work together with the United States to respect each other, seek mutual benefit and reciprocity, focus on cooperation, and manage and control differences.
Mr Trump said the two countries have a great relationship and their cooperation accords with fundamental interests of both and is crucial to resolving world problems.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Beijing, China, being cheered on by children.