U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-U.S. comprehensive economic dialogue, show the signed China-U.S. phase-one economic and trade agreement during a ceremony at the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, Jan. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
After signing the phase one trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He issued a statement at a news conference.
China and the United States will benefit if they cooperate; both will be hurt if the two countries fight, said Liu He. "Cooperation is the only correct option, especially in this new era."
China and the U.S. need to upgrade the business environment, improve the protection of intellectual property and encourage cooperation in technology, in order to boost fair competition and establish an evaluation system for both, and for the resolution of disputes, says Liu He.
Liu He adds that China and the U.S. have different opinions in trade, and both want to solve this problem. "We don't think tariffs are a good solution. Both sides need to solve problems through negotiation."
He says the talks involve politics, economy, and culture. "It's cultural talks, not just economics...or just trade."
"After two years of talks, we realize that this is a systematic process."
Cooperation is very important, Liu says. "China and the U.S. will make positive impacts on the whole world."
"We will use the results of the phase one deal to prove that our negotiations are working to improve the economy."
"It is the correct choice for the U.S. to remove China from the currency manipulator list," says Liu. "A week after the U.S. labeled China as a currency manipulator, the IMF issued a report that China did not manipulate the exchange rate," he says. "The U.S. realized this fact, and we welcome the U.S. meeting China halfway on this."