(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI DAILY NEWS)
Xi tells Trump to keep ties on track
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has told US counterpart Donald Trump that stronger China-US ties are conducive to stability and prosperity at a time of global conflicts.
The two leaders met in Hamburg on Saturday to discuss bilateral ties and global hot-spot issues on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit.
Noting the progress in bilateral cooperation in many fields since their Mar-a-Lago meeting, “despite some sensitive issues,” Xi urged joint efforts to keep bilateral ties on track.
Xi stressed the two countries should stick to mutual respect and win-win cooperation, expand practical cooperation in various fields and strengthen coordination on international and regional issues, so as to keep China-US relations healthy and stable.
The leaders agreed to maintain close high-level exchanges and promote strategic mutual trust.
China and the United States decided to hold the first round of a comprehensive economic dialogue on July 19, and launch the first round of a law enforcement, cyber security, social and cultural dialogue at an early date.
Noting that a 100-day action plan initiated after the Mar-a-Largo meeting in April had achieved “new progress,” Xi said the two sides are discussing a one-year cooperation plan.
On advancing military ties, Xi suggested the countries’ defense ministers carry out an exchange of visits as soon as possible.
He also called for concerted efforts on items including a visit to China by the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in August, the first dialogue between the joint staffs of the two countries’ militaries in November, and the Chinese navy’s participation in the US-led 2018 Pacific Rim military drill.
The two countries should respect each other’s core interests and major concerns, and properly address differences and sensitive issues, said Xi.
Trump hailed a “wonderful relationship” with Xi and expressed confidence in the success of addressing common problems together with China.
The US president noted that US-China relations are developing well, with China being an important trade partner to the US and playing an important role in international affairs.
The pair had an in-depth exchange of views regarding the Korean Peninsula issue.
Xi said China is firmly committed to denuclearizing the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and solving the issue through dialogue and consultation.
China, Xi said, has repeatedly made clear its principled stance that while making necessary responses to North Korea’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions, the international community should also increase efforts to promote dialogue and control the situation.
He also reiterated to Trump that the Chinese side opposes the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea.
The two leaders agreed to continue close communication and coordination on the issue.