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Trump sees outstanding relationship with China after talks

Staff Writer |
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of "tremendous progress" in US-Chinese relations after he held two days of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"We have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China" Trump said.

Trump was elected on an "America First" campaign in which he blasted China for taking U.S. jobs and vowed to crack down on Beijing for what he sees as unfair trade advantages, including currency manipulation, dumping and intellectual property theft.

"Lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away," Trump said, calling his new relationship with Xi "outstanding."

Xi said he and Trump had had "in-depth and lengthy communications" and that the two leaders had "arrived at many common understandings." Most important among them was "deepening our friendship" and building a trust in keeping with the Sino-US working relationship.

Speaking to reporters shortly before the end of his visit, Xi said he believed over time the U.S. and China "will make efforts to bear our great historical responsibility for promoting the development of Sino-U.S. relations, to create prosperity for both countries and their people, and to uphold global peace and stability."

The U.S. side said there had been no "specific deliverables" from the talks, but had set a positive framework for the relationship moving forward.

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