Xi-Trump meeting sets tone for future China-US relations
Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump held two meetings in the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the United States between April 6 and 7. Xi said that they had reached mutual understanding on many issues of significance and established a sound working relationship, while Trump hailed the “friendship’ with Xi. The outcomes of the meetings include four new high-level mechanisms for dialogue and cooperation in diplomacy and security; law enforcement and cyber security; and social and people-to-people exchanges.     
 
Setting direction
 
The first meeting between the two leaders took place on April 6.
 
Xi said that there are “a thousand reasons to make the China-U.S. relationship work, and no reason to break it,” a sentiment shared by Trump who expressed the hope that ties would continue to develop between the two countries. Xi also invited Trump to visit China during the meeting, and Trump accepted the invitation and indicated that he hoped to make the trip at an early date. 
 
The face-to-face meetings, along with previous phone calls and letters between the two leaders, once again demonstrated that the two countries are trying to avoid strategic misjudgments and are supportive of steering the relationship in the right direction, Xinhua reported.
 
During the meeting, Xi said a sound bilateral relationship will benefit not only the two countries and peoples, but also the world at large, adding that cooperation is the only right choice for China and the United States. 
 
Trump responded that the US and China bear heavy responsibilities as major powers in the world. The two sides can make progress if they maintain communication and coordination on major issues.
 
Intent of cooperation
 
During the second meeting on April 7, Xi emphasized that China and the United States are each other’s largest trade partners and people on both sides benefit from the connection, the China News Service reported. Xi said China is pushing forward the supply-side structural reform, boosting domestic demand and increasing the share of the services industry in its national economy. China welcomes the US to cooperate within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and proposes to enhance military dialogue mechanism and strengthen communication in major international and regional affairs. 
 
China’s economy is to maintain the momentum of development, and China and the United States enjoy broad prospects in economic and trade cooperation, said Xi, urging the two sides to grasp the opportunity. 
 
Xi suggested that the two sides carry out the annual exchange programs that have agreed upon, and implement and improve the mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and the code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounters.
 
China is ready to enhance law-enforcement cooperation with the US, said Xi, calling on both sides to jointly combat transnational crimes such as drug trafficking, child trafficking, money laundering, cyber crime and organized crime. 
 
Xi noted that China is making all-out efforts in fighting corruption. And he called on the US to coordinate more closely with China in hunting for fugitives who have fled abroad and recovering illicit money. 
 
Trump said the United States is willing to further strengthen cooperation with China in economy, military affairs and people-to-people exchanges and support China’s efforts in hunting for fugitives and recovering illicit money.
 
In the afternoon of April 7, two hours after Xi left Mar-a-Lago, the US State of Secretary Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross briefed about outcomes of the summit.
 
Tillerson said the meeting was quite fruitful and has set the tone for future working level dialogue. He noted the “chemistry” between the two is positive. Although there were no “specific deliverables”, the two sides have set up a positive framework. 
 
As far as the North Korean nuclear issue is concerned, Tillerson indicated the two countries didn’t reach a package of agreements, while Xi had “shared the view that has reached a very serious stage in terms of the advancement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
 
According to Ross, Xi and Trump have agreed to a new 100-day plan for trade talks that will boost U.S. exports and reduce the United States’ trade deficit with China. Ross revealed that China is interested in balancing bilateral trade, considering that the huge trade surplus in the country also restricts domestic consumption and leads to inflation.

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