Jointly promote a healthy, steady China-U.S. relationship

By Zhong Sheng–China and the United States, as two major influential countries, should shoulder important responsibilities in promoting world peace and prosperity, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at a working dinner with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Argentine capital Buenos Aires, on Dec.1.

The two heads of state had an in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations and international affairs of mutual concern in a friendly and open atmosphere, reaching important consensus which pointed the direction for China-U.S. relations in the time to come.

Sound China-U.S. relations, Xi said, are in line with the fundamental interests of the two peoples and the broad-based expectations of the international community.

U.S.-China relations were very special and important, Trump said, adding that it was in the interest of the two countries as well as the world that the United States and China, both countries of significant influence, maintained a good cooperative relationship.

The two presidents reached consensus on not imposing new additional tariffs and agreed to instruct the economic teams of the two sides to step up negotiations toward the removal of all additional tariffs and reach a concrete agreement that would result in win-win results.

The consensus will not only benefit the development of the two countries and the welfare of the two peoples, but also be conducive to the global economy’s stable growth. It conforms to the interests of all countries.

It is the first meeting between Xi and Trump since the latter paid a state visit to China in November last year, and also the first face-to-face communication between the two heads of state after they made two phone conversations to address China-U.S. trade tensions which started to escalate since this March.

The two presidents agreed to keep up close contacts with each other through visits, meetings, telephone calls and correspondences to continue providing guidance for bilateral ties, and to have further exchange of visits at an appropriate time.


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