BEI­JING Xi and Trump agree to meet ‘at an early date’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHI­NESE Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and the US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump agreed in a tele­phone call yes­ter­day to meet “at an early date” to dis­cuss the re­la­tion­ship be­tween their two pow­ers, Chi­nese state broad­caster CCTV said.

Mr Xi told Mr Trump – who fre­quently sav­aged China on the cam­paign trail and threat­ened to im­pose a 45 per­cent tar­iff on Chi­nese ex­ports – that the world’s top two economies “need co­op­er­a­tion and there are a lot of things we can co­op­er­ate on”, CCTV re­ported.

Mr Xi and Mr Trump “vowed to keep close con­tact, build good work­ing re­la­tions, and meet at an early date to ex­change views on is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est and the devel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties”, CCTV said.

Be­fore his elec­tion Mr Trump went as far as call­ing the Asian gi­ant Amer­ica’s “en­emy” and pledged to stand up to a coun­try he says views the US as a pushover.

But he also in­di­cated he is not in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in far-off squab­bles, and de­cried the pro­posed Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship free trade deal, which en­com­passes sev­eral other Asian coun­tries and has been seen as an ef­fort to con­tain China, for cost­ing Amer­i­can jobs.

The con­trary po­si­tions have left a pall of un­cer­tainty over how he will man­age the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the world’s two largest economies and most pow­er­ful mil­i­taries.

CCTV cited Mr Trump as say­ing in the call that China was a large and im­por­tant na­tion that he was will­ing to work with, and that he be­lieved Si­noUS re­la­tions could re­alise “win-win” ben­e­fits. –

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.