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Xi Jinping and Donald Trump Hold China-US Presidents' Meeting

On April 6, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump of the US held China-US Presidents' Meeting at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the US. The two heads of state held a profound and friendly meeting which lasted for a long time. Both sides spoke highly of the historic achievements of China-US relations, and agreed to push forward the bilateral relations from a new starting point so as to better benefit the people of both countries and the world.

When Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan arrived at Mar-a-Lago resort at around 5 p.m., Donald Trump and his wife, Mme. Melania Trump greeted them in the parking lot. The two couples took photos and chatted warmly. Then they listened and enjoyed the performances of Donald Trump's grandson and granddaughter singing Jasmine Flower, a traditional Chinese song as well as reciting verses from the "Three-Character Classic" and Chinese classic poetry.

In the meeting, Xi Jinping pointed out that I have kept close contact with Mr. President for some time, and we had several telephone talks and exchanged messages. I am so happy to hold this meeting in the US at the invitation of Mr. President. I am willing to exchange in-depth views on China-US relations and major international and regional issues with Mr. President, so as to reach more consensus, and chart the course for the development of bilateral relations in the new era.

Xi Jinping stressed that sound China-US relations will not only benefit the two countries and the two peoples, but the world at large. There are a thousand reasons to make China-US relations a success, but not a single reason to break it. Since the normalization of China-US relations 45 years ago, though bilateral relations have undergone ups and downs, yet it has made historic progress and brought enormous practical benefits to the two peoples. How to further develop China-US relations in the next 45 years? It is a question requires deep thinking, and the leaders of the two countries should make political decisions and historic commitments. I am willing to further push China-US relations for greater development with Mr. President.

Xi Jinping pointed out that cooperation is the only right choice for China and the US, and the two countries can totally become good cooperation partners. In the next stage, both sides should well plan and arrange bilateral high-level exchanges. I welcome Mr. President to pay a state visit to China in 2017. Both sides should maintain close contact through different ways, and make full use of the newly established high-level dialogue cooperation mechanisms on diplomatic and security dialogue, comprehensive economic dialogue, law enforcement, cyber security dialogue, social and people-to-people and cultural dialogue. We should make "the cake of cooperation" bigger, stipulate lists of prior cooperation and strive to achieve more early harvests. The two countries should advance the negotiation on bilateral investment agreement, promote the healthy development of two-way trade and investment, explore practical cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy, and other fields. Both sides should properly tackle sensitive issues and constructively manage and control the differences. Both countries should enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, jointly promote the proper settlement of hot-spot issues in related areas, expand cooperation in nuclear nonproliferation and cracking transnational crimes, and strengthen communication and coordination within the UN, the G20, APEC and other multilateral mechanisms in order to jointly safeguard the peace, stability and prosperity of the world.

Donald Trump once again warmly welcomed President Xi Jinping's visit to the Mar-a-Lago resort. Donald Trump said that as two major countries in the world, the US and China shoulder great responsibilities. Both sides should make great achievements through maintaining communication and coordination on major issues. He was full of expectation from US-China Presidents' Meeting, and hoped to build a sound working relationship with President Xi Jinping, in a bid to achieve greater development of US-China relations. Donald Trump gladly accepted President Xi Jinping's invitation to visit China, and expected to do it at an early date.

The two heads of state also introduced each other's agendas of the ongoing domestic and foreign priorities, and exchanged views on regional hot-spot issues in relevant regions.

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