Xi, Trump exchange views on G20 summit, Korean Peninsula via phone

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 15:25:55|Editor: Lu Hui
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BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump held a telephone conversation on Monday, exchanging views on bilateral ties, the upcoming G20 summit and the Korean Peninsula issue.

During the conversation, Xi stressed that important results have been achieved in bilateral relations between China and the United States since the Mar-a-Lago meeting between the two heads of state.

Meanwhile, China-U.S. relations have also been affected by some negative factors, and the Chinese side has already expressed its position to the United States, Xi said.

The Chinese president also said that his country attaches great importance to Trump's reaffirmation that the United States will adhere to the one-China policy.

China hopes that the United States will handle the Taiwan issue appropriately in accordance with the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, Xi said.

Xi stressed that both China and the United States need to control the general direction of bilateral relationship in light of the consensus they reached at the Mar-a-Lago meeting.

The two sides should also stick to the principle of mutual respect and mutual benefit, focus on cooperation and control differences in a bid to secure more substantial progress in relations between the two countries, Xi added.

Trump, for his part, said that the U.S.-China ties have a promising prospect and the two countries have broad common interests.

Trump reaffirmed that the U.S. government will continue to honor the one-China policy and its stance remains unchanged.

The upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, which covers a wide range of topics, is very important, said Trump, adding that he is looking forward to holding in-depth discussions with President Xi and other state leaders on major issues of common concern.

While global economy is facing challenges, it is necessary that China and the United States work together with other G20 members to strengthen the role of the G20 and forge synergy among them, Xi said.

Xi also called for strengthened communication, coordination and cooperation among G20 members.

Focusing on the theme of the upcoming summit "Shaping an Interconnected World," the G20 members should jointly push the summit for positive results thus helping promote global economic growth, Xi said.

The two presidents also discussed the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

They agreed to meet in Hamburg to discuss issues of common concern.

KEY WORDS: Xi Jinping