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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with US President Donald Trump
2017-11-09

On November 9, 2017, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Donald Trump of the US at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state conducted extensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations and major international and regional issues of common concern.

Both sides recognized that substantial progress has been achieved in the development of China-US relations since this year. China-US relations concern not only the well-being of the two peoples, but also the peace, stability and prosperity of the world. Cooperation is the only right choice for both China and the US, and only win-win results can make the two countries usher in a better future.

Both sides agreed to continue giving play to the strategic leading role of diplomatic activities between the two heads of state in developing China-US relations, and strengthen bilateral exchanges at high level and all levels. Both sides will give full play to the four high-level dialogue mechanisms, expand exchanges and cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, the two militaries, law enforcement and people-to-people and cultural engagement, and enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, so as to push forward China-US relations for greater development.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China-US relations are now at a new starting point in history. China is willing to work with the US to respect each other, benefit each other, focus on cooperation and properly manage differences, so as to bring more sense of gain to the two peoples as well as people of the region and the world.

Donald Trump expressed that the US-China relations are great. Cooperation between the US and China conforms to the fundamental interests of both countries and is of great importance in resolving major global issues. He is willing to keep close communication with President Xi Jinping to promote the in-depth development of US-China relations and push for closer cooperation between the two countries in international affairs.

The two heads of state listened to the reports by the two countries' initiators of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms between both countries, namely diplomatic and security dialogue, comprehensive economic dialogue, social and people-to-people and cultural dialogue and law enforcement and cyber security dialogue, and they also put forward instructive opinions on deepening exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in all fields.

Xi Jinping stressed that the establishment of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms is a strategic decision made during the meeting between President Donald Trump and I at Mar-a-Lago and will play an important and supporting role in the development of bilateral relations. It is hoped that the four high-level dialogues not only focus on major issues with overall importance and strategic influence, but also earnestly and well implement each cooperation project, so as to expand common interests, suppress interference in a timely and proper manner, and ensure stable and long-lasting China-US relations.

Xi Jinping pointed out that diplomatic and security issues concern the overall development of China-US relations and the level of strategic mutual trust between the two countries. Both sides should draw up a roadmap in accordance with the direction determined by the two heads of state for developing China-US relations and build trust and resolve doubts when it comes to major sensitive issues. The Taiwan problem is the most important and sensitive core issue in China-US relations and it is also about the political foundation of China-US relations. China hopes the US to continue to abide by the one-China policy and protect the overall situation of China-US relations from interference. Bilateral military relations should become a stabilizing factor in China-US relations. The Pacific Ocean is vast enough to accommodate China and the US. As the common interests of the two countries in the Asia-Pacific region far outweigh the differences, China and the US should actively conduct cooperation in this region to let more countries in the region join the common circle of friends of the two countries, thus working altogether to make contributions to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Xi Jinping pointed out that economic and trade cooperation is a stabilizer and ballast stone of China-US relations. The nature of China-US economic and trade relations is mutual benefit and win-win results, and bilateral economic and trade cooperation has brought enormous profits to the two countries and the two peoples. According to the strategic plans made at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China will push for a new pattern of all-round opening up and adopt high-level policies for promoting trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. In order to expand economic and trade cooperation and further drive the healthy development of China-US economic and trade relations towards a direction featuring dynamic equilibrium, mutual benefit and win-win results, both sides should draw up and launch the economic and trade cooperation plan for the next stage as early as possible and promote China-US economic and trade cooperation for a larger scale, higher level and broader field. Both sides should strengthen communication and coordination on macroeconomic policies, expand practical cooperation in such fields as energy, infrastructure construction and the "Belt and Road" construction and strive to achieve more two-way progress in loosening up export restrictions, expanding market access, and fostering better business environment. Both sides should strengthen cooperation and coordination in such multilateral mechanism as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, G20 and the APEC, and work together to promote the robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the world economy.

Xi Jinping pointed out that people-to-people and cultural exchanges are a long-term cause that "plants trees to leave cool shelters for the posterity", concerning the foundation for long-term development of China-US relations. It is hoped that both sides can well implement the cooperation projects of China-US two-way student exchanges as well as youth and cultural exchanges, and enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, so as to constantly inject vitality into the continuous development of China-US relations.

Xi Jinping pointed out that law enforcement and cyber security, concerning the two peoples' sense of security and happiness, is an important cooperation area for China and the US. It is hoped that both sides can carry out more cooperation in such fields as chasing fugitives and recovering illicit assets, drug control, illegal immigration, countering cybercrimes, cyber anti-terrorism and protection of cyberspace security.

Xi Jinping emphasized that both sides should make joint efforts to forge the 4 high-level dialogue mechanisms into the accelerator for enhancing mutual trust, the incubator for fostering cooperation, and the lubricant for managing and controlling differences between China and the US, so as to play a positive role in advancing China-US relations for new and greater development.

Donald Trump expressed that as important major countries in the world, the US and China are important trading partners to each other. Both sides share extensive common interests and enjoy broad prospects for cooperation, which makes it necessary to strengthen dialogues and cooperation. The US government firmly adheres to the one-China policy. The US stands ready to enhance exchanges and cooperation at all levels in such fields as diplomatic security, economy, society, people-to-people and cultural engagement, law enforcement and cyber security, and continues to strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional issues. Attaching great importance to China's important role in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the US hopes to cooperate with China to push forward the realization of the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

During the talks, the two heads of state reached multiple important results and consensus on strengthening cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels. Both sides agreed to expand cooperation in economy and trade, investment, energy and other fields, solve issues and conflicts emerging in the process of the rapid development of bilateral economic relations by enlarging the cake of China-US economic cooperation, continue to enhance cooperation in such fields as cyber security, chasing fugitives and recovering illicit assets, repatriating illegal immigrants and drug control, and make joint efforts to promote China-US two-way student exchanges as well as the cooperation in education, science and technology, culture, health care and other fields.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitments to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and realizing the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It is also stressed that the two countries share the same goal in finally settling the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through dialogues and negotiation, and both sides are committed to safeguarding the peace and stability in the Peninsula.

After the talks, the two heads of state jointly witnessed the signing of business contracts and two-way investment agreements in energy, manufacturing industry, agriculture, aviation, electricity, automobile and other areas. During President Donald Trump's visit to China, the total amount of the business contracts and two-way investment agreements signed between the two countries exceeded 250 billion US dollars.

Before the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony for Donald Trump at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping's wife Mme. Peng Liyuan, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Wang Yang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wang Chen, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs Liu He, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Guo Shengkun, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Dong Jianhua, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee Wan Gang and others attended the ceremony.

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