Mar-a-Lago, April 7: Amid controversies between the United States and China, President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday pledged Friday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and manage differences on the basis of mutual respect.
During their talks over the two days, Xi and Trump exchanged views on key areas of bilateral cooperation as well as global and regional issues of common concern. The two sides further agreed to enhance their relations so as to better serve the interests of the two countries and their peoples, and to promote world peace and prosperity.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said, he and Trump, during the meeting, have also gained a better understanding of each other, cemented their mutual trust, scored many major consensuses, and built up a good working relationship. Xi further said that China is pushing forward the supply-side structural reform, boosting domestic demand and increasing the share of the services industry in its national economy.
China and the United States are now each other's biggest trading partner, from which the two peoples benefit a lot, Xi added. Xi also proposed that the two sides maintain military exchanges at various levels, give full play to such mechanisms as China-U.S. defense ministry consultations and Asia-Pacific security dialogue, and make good use of the dialogue mechanism to be established between the two countries' joint staffs of the armed forces.
China is ready to enhance law-enforcement cooperation with the U.S. side, said Xi, calling on the two sides to jointly combat transnational crimes such as drug trafficking, child trafficking, money laundering, cyber crime and organized crime.
US President Trump on the other side said the United States is willing to further strengthen cooperation with China in economy, military affairs and people-to-people exchanges and support China's efforts in hunting for fugitives and recovering illicit money. U.S. representatives have been meeting one-on-one with their Chinese counterparts, and progress has been made, said the U.S. president.
On trade issues, Trump also called for China to “level the playing field” for American workers, stressing the need for reciprocal market access. Trump also noted the importance of protecting human rights and asked China to adhere to international norms in the seas of East Asia. However, later Xi and Trump approved of the preliminary results of the two dialogue mechanisms.
Ahead of the two presidents' second round of talks, senior Chinese and U.S. officials initiated the comprehensive economic dialogue, as well as the diplomatic and security dialogue, two of the four pillars of the newly established bilateral dialogue mechanism.
Within the framework, the two sides had frank and in-depth conversations and set the agenda for the next phase.
"The posture between the two (leaders) really set the tone for our subsequent meetings between our high-level delegations," said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a press briefing following Xi-Trump meetings.
In between meetings, protests and a visit to a local school, Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and their wives were entertained by Trump’s grandchildren at Mar-a-Lago this week.
In a tweet, Ivanka Trump said she was proud of her children, Arabella and Joseph, for performing for the presidents during their visit to the Palm Beach residence. In the video posted with the tweet, Ivanka Trump tells the Chinese president and his wife “We wanted to make you feel at home.” Trump, Xi Jinping and others listened as Arabella sang for the room.