There Are a Thousand Reasons to Make the China-US Relationship a Success

Xi Jinping: The Governance of China II Updated: 2021-12-28

There Are a Thousand Reasons to Make the China-US Relationship a Success* 

April 6, 2017 

I have kept in close communication with you Mr President Trump for some time, and we have had several telephone conversations and exchanged messages. I am glad to have this meeting with you in the US at your invitation. I would like to have an in-depth exchange of views with you on China-US relations and major international and regional issues, so as to reach consensus and chart the course for the development of bilateral relations in the new era. 

Sound China-US relations will be of benefit not only to our two countries and our two peoples, but also to the world at large. There are a thousand reasons to make the China-US relationship a success, and not a single one to harm it. Since the normalization of ChinaUS relations 45 years ago, in spite of ups and downs, they have made historic progress, which has delivered enormous practical benefits to our two peoples. How can we further develop them in the next 45 years? The question requires careful consideration, and the leaders of the two countries should make political decisions and historic commitments. I am ready to work with you, Mr President, for greater progress in China-US relations from a new starting point. 

Cooperation is the only sound path for China and the US, and our two countries can certainly become good cooperation partners. In the next stage, both sides should carefully plan and arrange bilateral high-level exchanges. I welcome Mr President to pay a state visit to China in 2017. Both sides should maintain close contact through different means, and make full use of the newly established high-level cooperation mechanisms on dialogue concerning diplomatic and security issues, comprehensive economic issues, law enforcement, cyber security, and social, people-to-people and cultural exchanges. We should make the "cooperation cake" bigger, define a list of priority cooperation areas, and strive to gather as many early harvests as possible. Our two countries should accelerate negotiations on the bilateral investment agreement, promote healthy development of two-way trade and investment, and explore pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy, and other fields. The two sides should properly handle sensitive issues and constructively manage and control their differences. We should enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, jointly promote a proper settlement of flashpoint issues in related areas, expand cooperation in nuclear nonproliferation and fighting transnational crimes, and strengthen communication and coordination within the UN, the G20, the APEC, and other multilateral mechanisms in order to safeguard world peace, stability and prosperity. 

* Main points of the talk with US President Donald Trump.

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