Meeting on the sidelines of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Xi spoke highly of the U.S. president’s endeavor in developing bilateral ties, especially their joint decision to build a new type of China-U.S. major country relations that has guided the two countries to achieve significant progress in bilateral ties.
Xi said that he has had a phone conversation with Donald Trump after Trump was elected the next U.S. president.
The Chinese president said that he is willing to work with Donald Trump to expand cooperation in various fields at bilateral, regional and global levels, and manage differences in a constructive way, so as to realize a relationship featuring non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, and push forward China-U.S. ties further from a new start point.
Recalling his close contacts with Xi in recent years, Obama said he and Xi have established a candid, friendly and constructive relationship and enhanced mutual trust.
In more than three years, the United States and China have joined hands to confront challenges and effectively managed differences, while bilateral consultation and cooperation mechanisms have yielded rich results, said Obama.
Obama told Xi that he has underlined the importance of U.S.-China relations to Trump, and stressed that there should be a smooth transition of bilateral ties in the wake of the U.S. presidential elections.
The U.S. side is ready to develop a more sustained, fruitful relationship with China, said Obama.
The leaders of the world’s two largest economies also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation within the APEC framework.