China-US co-op­er­a­tion to go on – en­voy

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CHINA and the US are ex­pected to con­tinue co-op­er­a­tion un­der the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Don­ald Trump, says the Chi­nese am­bas­sador to the US.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has yet to for­mu­late its China pol­icy, but the gen­eral trend of China-US co-op­er­a­tion can­not be re­versed as it is “the only right choice” for both coun­tries, said Cui Tiankai.

Such co-op­er­a­tion was in the in­ter­ests of both China and the US, the world’s two top economies and per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Cui said.

He also ex­pressed the hope that the two sides can main­tain the multi-layer di­a­logue and ex­change mech­a­nisms, built over the past years on non-con­fronta­tion, non-con­flict, mu­tual re­spect and win-win co-op­er­a­tion, Cui said. The two coun­tries can con­tinue and deepen co-op­er­a­tion, in trade, fi­nance, se­cu­rity, en­ergy, in­fra­struc­ture and mu­tual in­vest­ment, as well as some re­gional and global is­sues, he said.

Asked about China-US trade fric­tions, Cui said China is firmly op­posed to fight­ing a trade war with the US.

On the de­ci­sion by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to quit the Tran­spa­cific Trade Part­ner­ship (TPP), Cui re­futed the no­tion that China will take over the US role as the global leader who makes the rules of trade in the fu­ture.

On Tai­wan, Cui said the oneChina pol­icy, adopted by pre­vi­ous eight US gov­ern­ments, is the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion for China-US re­la­tions and “non-ne­go­tiable”.

PIC­TURE: AP

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump shows his sig­na­ture on a re­cently is­sued ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

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