In his New Year address, Chinese President Xi Jinping reminded US President Donald Trump that “history has proved that cooperation is the best choice for both sides.” Xi added that “I attach great importance to the development of China-U.S. relations and am willing to work with President Trump to summarize the experience of the development of China-U.S. relations and implement the consensus we have reached in a joint effort to advance China-U.S. relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability so as to better benefit the two peoples as well as the people of the rest of the world.”
The official Xinhua new agency also echoed in the commentary that “At a time when the world is undergoing unprecedentedly profound changes and is fraught with risks and uncertainties, the global community expects even closer collaboration between the two largest economies.”
Trump tweeted on December 29 that “Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China. Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made!”. China’s state media also said Xi believed both sides wanted “stable progress”, and China-US ties had reached a “vital stage” on its 40th anniversary.
It’s believed that Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead a delegation including Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass, to travel to China in the week of January 7 for face-to-face meeting on trade negotiations.