Report: Trump praises China in call to Chinese president – Politico
Chinese President Xi Jinping called President-elect Donald Trump Sunday to congratulate him on his victory in last week’s election, according to a statement from the Manhattan billionaire’s transition team obtained by CNN.
The two men “established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another,” the statement said.
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The call between Xi and Trump was confirmed by Chinese state-run media, which according to CNN said “President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward.”
Citing China’s state-run media, CNN also reported that Xi stressed cooperation between the two nations and that Trump said “China is a great and important country, and China’s development is remarkable.”
The president-elect spent much of his presidential campaign labeling China a currency-manipulator and pledging to bring back to the U.S. jobs that have been outsourced there. He has said President Barack Obama’s weak foreign policy has led China to develop greater influence in the Pacific and allowed it to build military bases on man-made islands in a contested region of the South China Sea.
Trump opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the U.S. and Asian nations, that would theoretically counteract some of China’s sway in the region.
“The U.S. and China can achieve mutual benefits and win-win results,” CNN quotes Trump as having said, according to Chinese media. “I would love to work with you to enhance the cooperation between U.S. and China. I’m sure the Sino-U.S. relations will achieve better development.”