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Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang Holds Briefing for Media on US President Donald Trump's Upcoming Visit to China

2017/11/03

On November 3, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, introducing preparatory works for the reception for US President Donald Trump's visit to China.

Zheng Zeguang said that upon the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Donald Trump will pay a state visit to China from November 8 to 10, which is the first state visit China will receive after the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Under the general background that the current international situation is still undergoing profound and complex changes, the meeting between the two heads of state in Beijing is of great significance in pushing China-US relations in the new era for healthy, stable and forward-looking development, and in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

Zheng Zeguang introduced that for a period of time, the working teams of both sides have maintained close communication and cooperation, and made smooth preparations for the reception. The Chinese side will provide warm and thoughtful reception for President Donald Trump, hold series of state activities, and make arrangements for the two heads of state to conduct small-scale and informal interactions.

Zheng Zeguang expressed that since the new administration of the US took office, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump have maintained close communication through meetings, telephone calls, telegrams and other means, providing strategic guidance for the development of China-US relations. The two heads of state will take the opportunity of this meeting in Beijing to conduct strategic communication again on major issues of common concern, reach new and important consensus on the basis of the Mar-a-Lago meeting and the meeting in Hamburg, deepen mutual understanding and bilateral friendship, and promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, so as to draw a blueprint for the development of China-US relations in the new era.

In response to question on China-US economic and trade relations, Zheng Zeguang explained with statistics that China-US economic and trade relations are of mutual benefit and win-win results in its essence, and bilateral economic and trade cooperation brings huge profits to the two countries and the two peoples. It is clearly put forward at the 19th CPC National Congress that China will continue deepening supply-side structural reform, further expand opening up, carry out high-level policies of trade and investment facilitation, and substantially relax control over market entry. Those measures will open up a broader space for China to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in economy and trade with various countries including the US. Zheng Zeguang stressed that we should view the problem of imbalanced trade between both sides with a global, comprehensive and developmental perspective. Solutions to the problem rely on expanding US's exports to China and increasing two-way investment, rather than restricting the US's imports from China. The consequence of trade wars will end up hurting both sides. With high economic complementarities and tremendous potential in cooperation, China and the US will achieve greater development on the basis of dynamic balance as long as both sides stick to two-way and mutually beneficial principle, widen thinking and tap potential.

In terms of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Zheng Zeguang said that China has always remained committed to the goal of denuclearization on the Peninsula, maintained peace and stability on the Peninsula and sought a solution through dialogue and consultation. China has always implemented relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council fully and strictly. At the moment, all parties should avoid words and actions that could sharpen disputes and escalate tensions and make greater efforts to pull the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back to the track of negotiation. China has always opposed to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system by the US in the Republic of Korea as well as unilateral sanctions and the "long-arm jurisdiction" over Chinese entities and individuals exercised by the US. As China and the US have shared common interests in realizing the goal of denuclearization of the Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula, both sides should respect each other's interests, maintain close communication and coordination and make unremitting efforts to push for a proper settlement of the Korea Peninsula nuclear issue.

Speaking highly of the first round of dialogues of 4 high-level dialogue mechanisms including the China-US diplomatic and security Dialogue, China-US comprehensive economic dialogue, China-US social and people-to-people dialogue and China-US law enforcement and cyber security dialogue, Zheng Zeguang pointed out that both sides should make full use of the above-mentioned platforms, which carry great significance for positively expanding bilateral communication and cooperation in such fields as diplomacy, economy and trade, the two militaries, law enforcement, cyber security, people-to-people and cultural engagement and exchanges and cooperation at local level.

Zheng Zeguang expressed that China and the US share broad common interests and shoulder special and important responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and stability and promoting global development and prosperity. China is willing to work with the US to respect each other, bring benefits to one another, focus on cooperation and control differences based on the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, in a bid to push President Donald Trump's visit to China and the meetings of the two heads of state for a complete success, and better benefit the two peoples and people of all countries.

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