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US, China must unite:

Trump tweets of ‘good conversati­on’


WASHINGTON: China and the United States should “unite to fight” the deadly coronaviru­s pandemic, President Xi Jinping said in a call with Donald Trump yesterday, as he called for the US to improve relations.

The two countries have clashed in recent weeks over the virus, and Chinese state media said Mr Xi told Mr Trump he hoped the “US will take substantiv­e actions to improve SinoUS relations”.

He also called for the two countries to work together to tackle the virus and said Beijing “wishes to continue sharing all informatio­n and experience with the US”, according to state broadcaste­r CCTV.

Mr Trump sounded positive, tweeting that he had a “very good conversati­on” with Mr Xi, and that both leaders discussed the pandemic “in great detail”.

“China has been through much & has developed a strong understand­ing of the virus. We are working closely together. Much respect,” he wrote.

Mr Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angered Beijing this month by repeatedly referring to “the Chinese virus” when discussing the Covid-19 virus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Mr Trump has since dropped the term amid accusation­s of racism, in another small sign of easing tensions between the two world powers.

Earlier this month a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing also suggested in a tweet that the US military brought the virus to Wuhan.

This prompted Mr Trump to accuse China of spreading misinforma­tion, and the US president repeatedly attacked China’s lack of transparen­cy and the slowness of its initial response to the outbreak.

Mr Xi said Sino-US relations were at a “critical juncture”, CCTV reported, adding that cooperatio­n was mutually beneficial and “the only right choice”.

Yesterday’s call also took place as the US overtook China as the country with the most confirmed coronaviru­s cases — the pathogen has now infected more than 82,400 people in the world’s largest economy.

During the call, Mr Xi said China had shared informatio­n about the epidemic with the World Health Organisati­on and other countries including the US in a “timely” manner throughout.

“Infectious diseases are the common enemy of mankind, and do not recognise borders or races,” said Mr Xi.

Some provinces, cities and companies in China have provided medical supplies and support to the US as well, Mr Xi added.

At an emergency videoconfe­rence chaired by Saudi Arabia on Thursday — which both Mr Xi and Trump joined — G20 nations pledged a “united front” in the fight against the coronaviru­s. The group said it will inject $5 trillion into the global economy to counter forecasts of a deep recession.

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Xi: Ready to put aside difference­s
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Trump: Positive about changes

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