Cooperation only choice to strengthen ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump

Updated: Nov 15, 2016, 10:39 IST | Agencies

Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday told US President-elect Donald Trump that cooperation was the “only right choice” to bolster ties between the two major powers, in the first contact with the US President-elect, who in his campaign had accused China of snatching American jobs

A copy of the Chinese magazine Global People with a cover story that translates to “Why did Trump win” is seen with a front cover portrait of Trump. Pic/AFP
A copy of the Chinese magazine Global People with a cover story that translates to “Why did Trump win” is seen with a front cover portrait of Trump. Pic/AFP

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday told US President-elect Donald Trump that cooperation was the “only right choice” to bolster ties between the two major powers, in the first contact with the US President-elect, who in his campaign had accused China of snatching American jobs.

In his first telephonic conversation since Trump’s win, Xi congratulated him and said tangible benefits have been brought to the people of the two nations in over 37 years of diplomatic relations. He said “cooperation has proven to be the only right choice” and reaffirmed that China attaches great importance to relations with the US.

Trump said he agreed about US-China relations and hopes for mutual benefits and win-win results. Trump also expressed willingness to strengthen ties. “The two agreed to maintain close contact and build a good working relationship,” it added.

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$35bn
Money that is added to the economy by international students

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