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At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.
“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing sweeping modernisation of China’s armed forces, the largest in the world, including anti-satellite missiles.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and his administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions.
China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan.
“President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy,” the statement said.
“President Trump stated he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits United States and China,” it said.
Relations between China and United States have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.
“They’re unloading arms in the Philippines now … I’m serving notice to the armed forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it,” Duterte.
China is calmly mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping’s steady hand and new U.S. President Donald Trump, whose first days have been marked by media feuds and protests.
“If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities,” Zhang Jun, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s international economics department added.
“This is a major, inevitable change,” Xi Jinping told the meeting. “We must seize the opportunity and make breakthroughs.”
“We meet at a hinge moment in the China-U.S. relationship,” Xi Jinping said at the start of the meeting, through an interpreter.
During the raucous election campaign, Donald Trump fuelled concerns among many of the United States’ trading partners by pledging to renegotiate NAFTA.
Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone and Xi told Trump cooperation was the only choice for the world’s two largest economies.
Trump lambasted China throughout the U.S. election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 percent tariffs on imported Chinese goods.
“We will never allow any person, any group, any political party, any time, in any way, to split from China any part of its territory,” said Xi Jinping said.
“I will not go to America anymore. We will just be insulted there,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said. “So time to say goodbye my friend.”
“Both sides should increase political mutual trust, expand common interests and appropriately handle disputes,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said.