By K J M Varma
Beijing, Nov 9 (PTI) US President Donald Trump today sought China’s cooperation in solving North Korea 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 Peoplefor 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. Discussion on how to deal with North Korea’s threats to
the region has dominated Trump’s agenda.
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.
Thanking Xi for yesterday’s welcome at the 15h century Forbidden City, he said the dinner which planned for 20
minutes went on for two hours.
“We enjoyed every minute of it with your beautiful wife and Melania together. Their relationship is a great one and our relationship has already proven to be a great one,” he said.
“Our meeting this morning in front of my representatives and your representatives was excellent, discussing North Korea. And I do believe there’s a solution to that as you do,”
“We must act fast. And hopefully China will act faster and more effectively on this problem than anyone,” Trump said. 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. On his friendship with Xi, he said “my feeling toward you is an incredibly warm one. As we said there’s great chemistry and I think we’re going to do tremendous things both for China and the United States. And it is a very, very great honour to be with you,” 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”. For China and the US, cooperation is the only viable choice and win-win cooperation can take us to a better future,
“We agree that the China-US relations have made important progress this year. We have agreed to further promote strategic guidance of summit diplomacy for bilateral relations,” he said.
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.
“The China-US relationship now stands at a new starting point. China is ready to work with US to enhance cooperation and properly manage difference in a mutual respect and mutual
benefit. This way we will enable people across the world to benefit more from China-US relations,” Xi said.
Trump is being accorded a “state welcome plus” by China during his three-day visit.
Trump is also scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attend a reception followed by a state dinner and cultural performances. 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.
During his reception to Trump yesterday, Xi said he believed Trump’s state visit to China would achieve “positive
and important” results. 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.