Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) meets with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who are here for a new round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who were here for a new round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, saying "important progress for the current stage" was made after the two-day talks.
Calling China-U.S. ties one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today, Xi said the two countries share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and stability, as well as promoting global development and prosperity.
It serves both peoples' fundamental interests and meets the expectations of the international community to maintain sound and stable development of China-U.S. ties, Xi said.
Xi said he met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Argentina last December and reached important consensus as both countries agreed to jointly advance the China-U.S. relationship featuring coordination, cooperation and stability.
"I hope that both teams will strengthen communication, focus on cooperation and manage differences in the principles and directions set by President Trump and I, so as to promote the sound and stable development of China-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and bilateral ties," Xi said.
The two teams have carried out intensive and conducive consultation since last December, Xi said.
"I have repeatedly said that China and the United States cannot be separated from one another. Only through cooperation can a win-win situation be attained, and confrontation will certainly lead to a lose-lose scenario," Xi said, adding that "cooperation is the best choice for both sides."
Regarding differences and frictions in trade, Xi said China stands ready to resolve them through cooperation and reach a deal that can be accepted by both sides.
"Of course, there are principles in cooperation," he added.
Noting that the eyes of the world have been on Beijing these past two days, Xi said the two sides "have again achieved important progress for the current stage."
"Both sides will meet again next week in Washington. I hope you all will make persistent efforts and try to reach a mutually beneficial agreement," the president said.
The new round of China-U.S. trade talks kicked off in Beijing on Thursday morning.
The opening ceremony of the talks was co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, 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, and Lighthizer and Mnuchin.