BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday responded to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks by calling on the United States to jointly manage differences in a constructive manner and boost win-win cooperation with China.
Trump was quoted by media on Thursday as saying the United States needs to improve its relationship with China. He also criticized China's policies on trade and the economy as well as on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said countries, including China, are watching Trump as he prepares to assume office in January.
As the world's two largest economies and key members of the World Trade Organization, China and the United States can solve their trade disputes within the WTO framework, he said.
The two countries have lots of common ground as well as some differences, Lu said at a routine press briefing.
China hopes to work with the new U.S. administration to expand mutual beneficial cooperation and handle their differences in a constructive manner on the basis of mutual respect, he said.
As for China's policy on the DPRK, Lu said China's efforts in promoting the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization as well as peace and stability are widely recognized.
The main sticking point of the Korean Peninsula issue lies in the contradiction between the United States and the DPRK, rather than China, he said.
He called for more constructive measures by the new U.S. administration to address the issue.