Xi to US: Re­spect our choices

Chi­nese, Amer­i­can pres­i­dents to meet on side­lines of G20 sum­mit


BEI­JING (Reuters) – China wants to re­solve prob­lems with the United States through talks, but it must re­spect China’s choice of de­vel­op­ment path and in­ter­ests, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Thurs­day ahead of a meet­ing with his Amer­i­can coun­ter­part in Ar­gentina.

China and the United States have put tar­iffs on hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars of each other’s goods and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has threat­ened to set tar­iffs on the re­main­der of China’s $500 bil­lion-plus ex­ports to the United States if their blis­ter­ing trade dis­pute can­not be re­solved.

Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has also ac­cused China of in­ter­fer­ing in US pol­i­tics – charges China strongly de­nies – and the two have sparred over the dis­puted South China Sea and sel­f­ruled Tai­wan, which China claims.

Still, Trump and Xi plan to meet for high-stakes talks on the side­lines of a G20 sum­mit – which is be­ing held in Ar­gentina at the end of Novem­ber and early De­cem­ber – as the two coun­tries try ten­ta­tively to get ties back on track.

Meet­ing for­mer US Sec­re­tary of State Henry Kissinger in Bei­jing, Xi said he and Trump would have a “deep ex­change of views” in Ar­gentina, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported.

China and the United States should cor­rectly judge each other’s strate­gic in­ten­tions, and while Bei­jing wants to re­solve prob­lems via talks, the Wash­ing­ton should re­spect China’s choice of de­vel­op­ment path and le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests, Xi added.

Xi said at­ten­tion should be paid to “the in­crease in neg­a­tive voices re­lated to China in the United States,” with­out elab­o­rat­ing.

Speak­ing ear­lier, the Chi­nese govern­ment’s top diplo­mat, State Coun­cilor Wang Yi, said Xi and Trump reached an im­por­tant con­sen­sus on the healthy and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties in a tele­phone call last week. Their meet­ing at the G20 sum­mit would be of “great sig­nif­i­cance” in re­solv­ing bi­lat­eral prob­lems, Wang said.

It “will be of great sig­nif­i­cance for both sides to man­age dif­fer­ences ef­fec­tively and re­solve is­sues in a prac­ti­cal way,” Wang told re­porters.

Wang said China stood ready to work with the United States to re­move dis­rup­tions, build trust and pre­pare fully for the meet­ing.

“We be­lieve that meet­ing will help chart the course for China-US re­la­tions,” he said, fol­low­ing talks with Aus­tralian For­eign Min­is­ter Marise Payne.

Wang added that the more com­plex the sit­u­a­tion is, the more im­por­tant it is for both sides to re­main “level-headed.”


CHI­NESE PRES­I­DENT Xi Jin­ping meets for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.

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