China, USA can solve world problems together, Trump says

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Nov 9 Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

Agencia EFE Beijing, China Nov 09, 2017, 07.54 AM (IST)

The President of the United States on Thursday highlighted the importance of the US-China relationship in solving the world's problems.

"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," Donald Trump said between meetings with Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

"I believe we can solve almost all of them, and probably all of them", he added.

The two leaders expressed their desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation on global issues such as North Korea and disputes over trade. 

After the first round of discussions, Trump assured Xi "I do believe there is a solution to (the North Korea crisis), as you do".

Xi also stressed that "for China and the US, cooperation is the only viable choice" and urged them to "properly manage differences in the spirit of mutual respect".

Trump referred to his country's trade deficit with China, calling for a radical change to the relationship.

"The Unites States really has to change its policies, because they have gotten so far behind on trade with China," he said blaming past administrations while expressing respect for Xi and China.

Trump also praised Xi and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan during a private visit by him and US First Lady Melania Trump Wednesday.

"My feeling towards you, is an incredibly warm one, there is great chemistry. I think we are going to do tremendous thing for both China and the United States," Trump added.

Xi agreed with his US counterpart in that cooperative relations between Washington and Beijing were important for global peace, stability and prosperity.

He also highlighted the significant progress made this year in bilateral relations, and announced that both presidents had agreed on various mechanisms to further political, economic and civil society exchanges.

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