BEIJING – US President Donald Trump highlighted on Thursday the importance of the US-China relationship in solving the world’s problems.
“I look forward to many years of success and friendship working together to solve not only our problems, but world problems, and problems of great danger and security,” Trump said between meetings with Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
“I believe we can solve almost all of them, and probably all of them,” he added.
The two leaders expressed their desire to strengthen cooperation on global issues such as North Korea and disputes over the bilateral trade.
After the first round of discussions, Trump assured Xi about the North Korean crisis that “I do believe there is a solution to that, as you do.”
Xi also stressed that “for China and the US, cooperation is the only viable choice” and urged them to “properly manage differences in the spirit of mutual respect.”
Trump referred to his country’s trade deficit with China, calling for a radical change to the relationship.
“Unites States really has to change its policies, because they have gotten so far behind on trade with China,” he said blaming past administrations while expressing respect for Xi and China.
Trump praised Xi and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan during a private visit by him and US First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday.
“My feeling towards you is an incredibly warm one, there is great chemistry. I think we are going to do tremendous thing for both China and the United States,” Trump said further.
Xi agreed with his US counterpart in that relations between Washington and Beijing were important for global peace, stability and prosperity.
He also highlighted the major progress made this year in bilateral relations, and announced that both presidents had agreed on various mechanisms to further political, economic and civil society exchanges.