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Friday, April 05, 2019, 09:59
Xi says substantial progress made in message to Trump
By ​Xinhua
Friday, April 05, 2019, 09:59 By ​Xinhua

US President Donald Trump listens to China's Vice-Premier Liu He talking in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 4, 2019. (MANUEL BALCE CENETA / AP)

WASHINGTON - Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a message to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that fresh substantial progress has been made with regard to text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past month.

Liu said new consensus on such important issues as the text of the economic and trade agreement had been reached 

Currently, a healthy and stable development of China-US relations concerned the interests of both Chinese and American people, as well as interests of people of other countries around the world, and it needed, in particular, their strategic leadership, Xi told Trump in his message.
Xi also said he was ready to keep close contact with Trump through various means, and believes that China-US relations will make new and greater progress under their joint guidance. 

In the message conveyed by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He at a meeting with Trump on Thursday, Xi encouraged the two sides to keep up with the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and resolve issues of mutual concern so as to conclude the negotiations on the agreement text as soon as possible. 

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During his meeting with Trump Thursday, Liu that the Chinese and US negotiation teams, over the past two days, had conducted fruitful consultations and reached new consensus on such important issues as the text of the economic and trade agreement. 

During the meeting, Liu also said that the two sides, guided by the consensus reached by the two heads of state, will continue with consultations to achieve more progress on issues of mutual concern so as to conclude talks as soon as possible. 

Trump also thanked Xi for China's decision to add fentanyl-related substances to a supplementary list of controlled narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for non-medical use

Trump said that the US-China bilateral relationship now enjoyed sound and robust development, and was at a historic high. 

The US president said he was glad to see that huge progress has been achieved in economic and trade negotiations, and that he hoped the two sides would make further efforts and resolve the remaining issues in a bid to reach a comprehensive and historic agreement as soon as possible. 

It will not only benefit the two countries but also the whole world, he added. 

The US president said he looked forward to meeting with Xi after the two sides reached the agreement, and to witness the great moment together with the Chinese leader. 

Trump also thanked Xi for China's decision to add fentanyl-related substances to a supplementary list of controlled narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for non-medical use, saying it was of great significance to American people and the US-China anti-drug cooperation. 

Liu is in the United States for the ninth round of high-level economic and trade consultations between the two nations. 

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner attended the meeting.  

 


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