Beijing: US President Donald Trump today sought China’s cooperation in solving North Korea’s nuclear crisis as well as other global problems of “great danger” as he held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to boost bilateral ties.
The two leaders met in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for talks following the US president’s glitzy royal welcome in the Chinese capital.
“I just want to thank you for the warm welcome and I look forward to many years of success and friendship, working together to solve not only our problems, but world problems and problems of great danger and security,” Trump said.
“I believe we can solve almost all of them and probably all of them,” he said.
Trump is in China as part of a five-nation tour of Asia.He has already visited South Korea and Japan, and will go on to Vietnam and the Philippines later in the week.
Earlier, Trump was given a lavish welcome with a guard of honour and 21-gun salute when he arrived at the Great Hall of the People before his talks with Xi, which were confined to delegations.
Referring to over USD 370 billion imbalance in bilateral trade in favour of China, Trump blamed the previous US administrations for it.
“But we’ll make it fair and it’ll be tremendous to both of us,” he said.
Earlier, welcoming Trump, Xi said, “We have had in-depth exchange of view since yesterday on the China-US relations and importance of issues of shared interest. We reached many common understandings”.
He said both sides should enhance cooperation to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme and Afghanistan.
“Enhance cooperation on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan and other major international and regional issues and work together to take China-US relations to even greater development,” he said.
The reference to Afghanistan is being regarded significant as the US has been piling pressure on China’s all-weather friend Pakistan to destroy terror havens and withdraw support to Taliban.
Trump is being accorded a “state welcome plus” by China during his three-day visit.
Xi, who has been described by Trump as ‘King of China’ after the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) in its once- in-a-five-year Congress conferred him a second five-year term, also hosted Trump and his wife Melania at China’s 15th century Forbidden City.
Since Trump took office in January, the two leaders have maintained close contact. They already have had two face-to- face meetings and eight phone conversations.