Strong working relationship between President Xi and Trump critical: Aust'n ex-politician

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-09 11:50:38|Editor: Mengjiao Liu
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SYDNEY, April 9 (Xinhua) -- As the talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump were wrapped up on Saturday, a former Australian politician urged the United States to deepen its links with China.

Bob Carr, a former Australian foreign minister and director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that Trump would be wise to forge a shared vision with China.

"He (Trump) is looking at a world where China is a serious partner," Carr said. "It would be good if Trump chooses to deepen his relationship with China."

During their talks, Xi and Trump charted the course and established principles for China-U.S. ties.

Both sides launched priority mechanisms of cooperation, agreeing to facilitate the healthy development of two-way trade and investment, to advance negotiations on bilateral investment agreement and to promote pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure and other areas, according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.P Carr said it is of great significance for two nations to enhance their trade interactions.

"I think their interests can converge here. American businesses have told Trump that they do not want a trade war. They have explained to the administration it would hurt America," he said.

"The further opening up of the Chinese economy is going to create opportunities for Americans, perhaps even for their motor industry," said Carr.

"...the whole region, the whole region needs a cooperative working relationship between China and the United States," Carr added.