China hopes the U.S. government takes a positive stance on China in a responsible manner, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Hua Chunying made the comment when asked if China is worried that Donald Trump, who is inching closer to becoming the Republican Party's presidential candidate, might really mean what he said if elected president, like calling for higher tariffs on Chinese goods to offset RMB devaluation last month.
"I am following with interest the presidential election in the United States, which is the country's domestic affair, so I don't want to comment on the specific remarks of candidates," Hua said when answering a journalist's question at a regular news briefing.
She emphasized China and the United States, as the largest developing country and largest developed country, share an important responsibility to maintain world peace, stability, security and development.
"A sustainable, healthy and stable China-U.S. relationship is in the fundamental interest of the two countries and the world at large," Hua said. "China hopes and believes the U.S. government will take a responsible attitude towards China and make positive policies."
During his ongoing visit to the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they attach great importance to bilateral ties, and were willing to maintain and enhance exchanges and dialogues at all levels, enhance practical cooperation and have sound interactions in the Asia-Pacific region, Hua said.
"China is willing to work with the United States to maintain and advance our bilateral ties," the spokeswoman added.