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China's Xi tells Trump cooperation is only choice

Published Nov 14, 2016 12:51pm


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Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President-elect Donald Trump in a telephone call that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the two countries, Chinese state media said, in their first interaction since the U.S. election.

Trump had lambasted China throughout the US election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 per cent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

His election has injected uncertainty into bilateral relations at a time when Beijing hopes for stability as it faces daunting reform challenges at home, a slowing economy, and a leadership reshuffle of its own that will put a new party elite around Xi in late 2017.

“The facts prove that cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States,” China Central Television (CCTV) cited Xi as telling Trump in the call that occurred on Monday in China.

“The two sides must strengthen coordination, promote the two countries' economic development and global economic growth, expand all areas of exchange and cooperation, ensure the two countries' people obtain more tangible benefits, and push for better development going forward in China-US relations,” Xi said.

CCTV said Trump told Xi he was willing to work with China to strengthen cooperation and that he believed US-China relations can “definitely achieve greater development”.

The two agreed to maintain close communication and meet soon, CCTV said. Xi had congratulated Trump in a message delivered shortly after his surprise election victory last week.

There is intense speculation over the impact of Trump's win on issues facing the world's two largest economies, from climate change and global trade to the security balance in the Asia-Pacific.

And his criticism of US allies, including Japan, for free-riding on US security guarantees, has deepened anxiety among Washington's allies about its commitment to post-war security arrangements in the face of a rising China and volatile North Korea.

Trump appears to be seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, billed by China and US President Barack Obama as a key area for cooperation.

China has also signalled it will promote plans for regional trade integration, vowing to seek support for a Beijing-backed Asia-Pacific free trade area at a summit in Peru later this month, after Trump's win dashed hopes for the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership.


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A Shah Nov 14, 2016 12:58pm

US is about to show who the real superpower is.

A Shah Nov 14, 2016 01:00pm

US, China, Russia and India are the real superpowers.

kamran Nov 14, 2016 01:45pm

Pakistan is the next emerging power

Zak Nov 14, 2016 02:09pm

Without China ,The US will not stay afloat even one day, China is the backbone of the world.

Muhammad Israr Nov 14, 2016 02:46pm

@A Shah sorry dear. not the last one.

sultan ahmad. Nov 14, 2016 03:16pm

It would be doubtless if I say,United States is superpower this time,as for as China is concerned,it can not be overlooked ,China increasing its credibility day by day,in view of the existing circumstances we can expect the day will come when china crossed tough hurdles and appeared in the front line.

Ali Nov 14, 2016 05:46pm

@A Shah The fact is that there is no super power compared to US, US easily rules Russia specially China and India

Davinder Paul Duggal Nov 14, 2016 05:59pm

@Zak : Glad Pakistan is floating in Chinese paper boat. CHINA WILL SINK WITHOUT TRADES BEFNFITS -- JustLook below and Cry: * China's TRADE BENEFITS with: ** USA= 366 BILLIONS U$$/YEAR ** INDIA= 78 Billions U$$/Year ; WESTRN Countries= 235 Billions U$$; Other Westrn Wing Countries= 125 Billions U$$. Pakistan= ZILCH; Educate yourself and talk the facts-- Ignronace is not a BLISS or is it?

Voice of Reason Nov 14, 2016 06:48pm

@Zak "Without China ,The US will not stay afloat even one day, China is the backbone of the world."

If that was true - why do you think Trump can threaten China with 45% tariff and China is seeking to diffuse the situation and ask for cooperation?

Bottom line is China is an exporting nation and requires export markets. Also a lot of its value add is in processing - i.e. taking components and raw materials from elsewhere and assembly goods. Over time this can be transferred to other cheap manufacturing countries or back to the US. With advances in manufacturing and automation this will be more possible. Hence China is seeking to move up the value chain.

For the West the obstacles placed on foreign companies by China mean that there isn't a level playing field. This is why Trump talks about tariffs as the balance of trade just keeps getting more unequal.

We live in very uncertain times!!!

TaiMoor khan Nov 14, 2016 06:49pm

As mentioned in recent article written by Mr Munir Akram, China will give trade concessions to America in return of its "regional" interests being secured. Indians with acumen will understand what that mean.

Abxz Nov 14, 2016 08:00pm

Like Trump is going to listen what Xi is telling him. He has his voters to answer.

Alba Nov 14, 2016 08:17pm

A 45% tariff on Chinese goods will only hurt the American people and add to inflation. This would not be popular. What it would do is derail Walmart and Amazon and make Trump a one term president.

Mustafa R. Nov 14, 2016 08:21pm

@A Shah;

'US, China, Russia and India are the real superpowers.'

You forgot the fifth, Bangladesh.

Agha Ata Nov 14, 2016 08:23pm

Trump is forgetting all his vows gradually, changing a lot of his promises with his supporters. How can one trust this man?

Mustafa R. Nov 14, 2016 08:26pm

@Voice of Reason;

'why do you think Trump can threaten China with 45% tariff'

Trump hasn't threatened China with anything. There is a difference between campaign rhetoric and real policy. Let us wait till the real Trump takes office.

Black Diesel Nov 14, 2016 11:25pm

@A Shah Since when did India came in the group?? lolz

sana-1 Nov 15, 2016 01:56am

@A Shah And so does Myanmar and nepal...

AHA Nov 15, 2016 03:52am

This can happen only if China understands and behaves responsibly. It must stop bullyism.

Mike London Nov 15, 2016 05:55am

China is world's factory and factory can be moved anywhere depends on the availability of workers.

techscribe Nov 15, 2016 06:16am

And what did Trump tell Xi?

Shashank Nov 15, 2016 07:24am

@Ali - I agree with you partially. Under a hypothetical scenario, at this moment US can defeat China, Russia and India together. And I am not exaggerating.

Jigar USA Nov 15, 2016 08:39am

China already feeling the heat.