Co­op­er­a­tion is only choice, Xi tells Trump

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BEI­JING: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump that co­op­er­a­tion was the only choice for re­la­tions be­tween the world’s two largest economies, with Trump say­ing the two had es­tab­lished a “clear sense of mu­tual re­spect”.

Trump lam­basted China through­out the US elec­tion cam­paign, drum­ming up head­lines with his pledges to slap 45% tar­iffs on im­ported Chi­nese goods and to la­bel the coun­try a cur­rency ma­nip­u­la­tor on his first day in of­fice.

His elec­tion has in­jected un­cer­tainty into re­la­tions at a time when Bei­jing hopes for sta­bil­ity as it faces daunt­ing re­form chal­lenges at home, slow­ing growth and a lead­er­ship reshuf­fle of its own that will put a new party elite around Xi in late 2017.

In their first in­ter­ac­tion since the US elec­tion, Chi­nese state me­dia said Xi told Trump in a phone call yes­ter­day that as world’s largest de­vel­op­ing and de­vel­oped economies, there were many ar­eas where China and the US could co­op­er­ate.

“The facts prove that co­op­er­a­tion is the only cor­rect choice for China and the United States,” CCTV cited Xi as say­ing.

Xi’s re­marks were a re­it­er­a­tion of phras­ing typ­i­cally used by Bei­jing to de­scribe bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The two sides must “pro­mote the two coun­tries’ eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and global eco­nomic growth” and “push for bet­ter de­vel­op­ment go­ing for­ward in China-US re­la­tions”, Xi said.

“Dur­ing the call, the lead­ers es­tab­lished a clear sense of mu­tual re­spect for one another, and Pres­i­dent-elect Trump stated that he be­lieves the two lead­ers will have one of the strong­est re­la­tion­ships for both coun­tries mov­ing for­ward,” a state­ment from Trump’s pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion of­fice said.

The two agreed to main­tain close com­mu­ni­ca­tions and meet soon, CCTV said.

There is in­tense spec­u­la­tion over the im­pact of Trump’s win on is­sues fac­ing the two coun­tries, from cli­mate change and global trade to the se­cu­rity bal­ance in the Asia-Pa­cific. – Reuters

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