The national flags of the United States and China wave out of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, the United States, Jan. 5, 2009. (Xinhua/Hou Jun)
by Xinhua writer Zhu Junqing
BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese diplomat's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday was a positive signal for China-U.S. relations and might pave the way for a summit meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi was the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the White House since Trump took office on Jan. 20. The visit came after Xi and Trump had a phone conversation, which set the direction of future ties.
In the conversation, Trump said that Washington honors the one-China policy, the bedrock of China-U.S. relations, and expressed the hope to meet Xi.
Guided by the spirit of the conversation, the two sides have enhanced all-level communication and coordination, and affirmed the importance of a constructive bilateral relationship.
There was a face-to-face meeting between the two foreign ministers and a phone conversation between Yang and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
After all, China-U.S. relations are the most important bilateral relationship in the world.
Sound political interaction is of crucial significance to the long-term healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations, which not only serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but also chimes with the aspiration of the international community.
During former President Barack Obama's eight-year term, China-U.S. ties have witnessed significant progress and yielded many achievements, showing that the common interests between the two countries go far beyond their differences, and that cooperation can deliver benefits to the two countries as well as the world.
China is always ready to work with the United States to enhance communication and expand cooperation, following the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
Only trying to be friends and partners rather than opponents or enemies can the two sides conduct in-depth communication and dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect, to manage sensitive issues and differences in a constructive way.