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Xi Jinping and Donald Trump Hold Second Round of Official Meeting

On April 7, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump of the US held the second round of official meeting in Mar-a-Lago in Florida, the US. The two heads of state exchanged extensive and in-depth views on bilateral practical cooperation in major areas, and international and regional issues of common concern. Both sides believed that the meeting between the two heads of state is positive and fruitful. Both sides agreed to make joint efforts to expand fields of mutually beneficial cooperation and control differences on the basis of mutual respect.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the China-US Presidents' Meeting in Mar-a-Lago this time is of unique significance in the development of bilateral relations. Mr. President and I conducted in-depth communication for a long time, deepened mutual understanding, enhanced mutual trust, reached many important consensus and established sound working relations. Both sides should continuously consolidate the established relations, deepen friendly cooperation, and promote bilateral relations, so as to better benefit both countries and the two peoples, and fulfill our historic responsibilities to boost the world peace, stability and prosperity.

Xi Jinping stressed that both countries have become each other's first largest trading partners, and both peoples have benefited a lot from it. China is pushing forward the supply-side structural reform, and continuously expanding domestic demand. The proportion of service industry of the national economy has been constantly improved. China's economy will maintain a sound development momentum, and the enhancement of economic and trade cooperation between both countries enjoys broad prospects. Both sides should seize the opportunities. China welcomes the US to participate in cooperation within the "Belt and Road" framework.

Xi Jinping pointed out that bilateral military relationship is an important component of bilateral relations. Mutual trust in military and security area is a foundation of China-US strategic mutual trust. Both sides should maintain military exchanges at all levels, continuously give play to role of dialogue consultation mechanisms including China-US Defence Consultation between the Ministries of National Defence and Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue, and make use of the new platform of Joint Staff Dialogue Mechanism to be established later. Both sides need to well implement the annual exchanges and cooperation projects that have been agreed upon, utilize and continue to improve two major mutual trust mechanisms including the mutual reporting and trust mechanism on major military operations and the code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounters. The two countries should make joint efforts to continuously enhance mutual trust and cooperation between both militaries.

Xi Jinping stressed that China is willing to work with the US to enhance law enforcement cooperation, and jointly fight against all forms of transnational crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber crime and organized crime. Both China and the US share important common interests on safeguarding cyber security. Both sides should make use of the dialogue mechanisms on law enforcement and cyber security, so as to jointly promote and build a peaceful, safe, open, cooperative and orderly cyber space. China is making all-out efforts in fighting corruption, and hopes the US could provide more coordination for the Chinese side in fugitive repatriation and asset recovery.

Xi Jinping underlined that people-to-people and cultural exchanges are foundation of bilateral relations. People of both countries enjoy friendly sentiment toward each other. Both countries should enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges, expand friendly exchanges between their peoples, promote inter-school cooperation, advance cooperation in tourism, expand exchanges in art, strengthen cooperation in sports, carry out cooperation in health care and consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral relations, so as to provide more positive energy for the long-term and healthy development of China-US relations.

Xi Jinping introduced China's development concepts to Donald Trump, and emphasized that China unswervingly sticks to the path of peaceful development, but not the idea of I-win-you-lose, and will not take the old path of big powers which seek hegemony once they grow strong. China stands ready to jointly safeguard the world peace, stability and prosperity with the US.

Donald Trump said that he and the US team are very honored to receive President Xi Jinping and the Chinese delegation in Mar-a-Largo. He and President Xi Jinping held sound talks, and established an extraordinary friendship. The important and fruitful results achieved from this meeting have vigorously promoted the development of bilateral relations. Through launching diplomatic and security dialogue and comprehensive economic dialogue, both teams have conducted direct communication and exchanges, and yielded substantial progress. The US is ready to, together with China, continuously enhance cooperation in various fields including economy, trade, militaries, people-to-people and cultural engagement, and support China's efforts in fugitive repatriation and asset recovery. The US will carry out cooperation with China, and make efforts to eliminate factors and problems which affect bilateral relations, so as to push US-China relations for greater development. US-China relations will certainly enjoy better development.

Wang Huning, Wang Yang, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi, Fang Fenghui, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US and several members of cabinet, as well as senior White House officials were present.

After the meeting, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump went for a walk in beautiful and pleasant Mar-a-Largo, and continuously conducted discussions on bilateral friendly cooperation in a relaxed and delightful atmosphere.

Before the meeting between the two heads of state, Vice Premier Wang Yang and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross of the US launched China-US Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Mechanism. State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis of the US initiated China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue Mechanism. Both sides conducted in-depth communication on related issues, and discussed the two mechanisms' work agenda for the next step. The two heads of state are satisfied with the preliminary outcomes achieved from the launch of the two mechanisms.

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