Chinese President Xi Jinping has had a telephone conversation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and urged him to cooperate with China.
The Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Xi telling Trump in a telephone conversation on Monday that facts have shown that cooperation is the only correct choice for the two countries in dealing with their relations.
Xi congratulated Trump on his election and said that in 37 years since China and the United States established diplomatic relations, bilateral ties have been continuously growing and moving forward, which has brought about substantial benefits to the peoples of the two countries.
He said the ties have also promoted world and regional peace, stability and prosperity.
CCTV said Trump told Xi he was willing to work with China to strengthen cooperation and that he believed U.S.-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.
Trump had lambasted China throughout the U.S. election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 percent 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.
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 U.S. allies, including Japan, for free-riding on U.S. 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 U.S. President Barack Obama as a key area for cooperation.
In another development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Ankara, Turkey that China stands ready to further promote its relations with the United States afresh following the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.
Wang made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, after they held the first meeting under the China-Turkey foreign ministers’ consultation mechanism.
Asked whether China has made contact with Trump’s team, Wang said China maintains close contact with the U.S. side at various levels, adding that it is a consensus shared by the U.S. Republican Party and the Democratic Party to constantly develop and deepen China-U.S. relations.
China, he said, is willing to continue its cooperation with the administration of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, so as to ensure a smooth transition of bilateral ties to the next U.S. administration.
Citing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory message to Trump, Wang said China is willing to push for greater progress in China-U.S. ties on the new starting point on the basis of the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
Xi’s message has charted the course for the future development of China-U.S. ties, and China is ready to make joint efforts with the U.S. side towards that end, said the minister.
*Additional reports by Reuters