NPC spokesperson says Beijing will 'face up to any challenges' to China-US relations

Fu Ying, spokesperson for the fifth session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC), speaks during a press conference on the session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2017. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing will face up to the challenges posed to the relations between China and the United States, a senior official said at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday.

Fu Ying, the spokeswoman of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, made the remarks in response to a CBS reporter's question about how Beijing will react to US President Donald Trump's equivocal policies toward China.

"The bilateral relations have a great impact on the whole world ... Generally speaking, cooperation is still the mainstream of the China-US relations, though the US has made some adjustments in its domestic and foreign policies. We hope that the policy adjustments are positive, but we will face up to any challenges (from the United States)," Fu said.

Since Trump assumed power in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart have made two telephone calls, expressing a clear wish for cooperation and partnership, Fu said, hoping that more Chinese voices could be heard by the Americans in order to promote mutual understanding.

The spokesperson also said that the NPC will continue to communicate with the US congress in 2017 as they did last year when the two sides exchanged views on many important political and economic issues, such as the US' trade deficit with China and the one China principle. "I was a member of the Chinese delegation at the time, and I realized that American congressmen attached great importance to Chinese views and ideas."

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