TEHRAN (defapress) – US President Donald Trump pressed China to do more on the North Korean nuclear issue on Thursday and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States.
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Publish Date: 09November 2017 - 14:15
But he praised President Xi Jinping’s pledge that China
would be more open to foreign firms.
On North Korea, Trump said "China can fix this problem
quickly and easily”, urging Beijing to cut financial links with North Korea and
also calling on Russia to help, Reuters reported.
Trump was speaking alongside Xi in the Chinese capital to
announce the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals between US and
Chinese firms, a display that some in the US business community worry detracts
from tackling deep-seated complaints about market access in China.
Xi said the Chinese economy would become increasingly open
and transparent to foreign firms, including those from the United States, and
welcomed US companies to participate in his ambitious "Belt and Road”
Trump made clear that he blamed his predecessors, not China,
for the trade imbalance, and repeatedly praised Xi, calling him "a very special
"But we will make it fair and it will be tremendous for both
of us,” Trump said.
Xi smiled widely when Trump said he does not blame China for
the deficit and also when Trump said Xi gets things done.
"Of course there are some frictions, but on the basis of
win-win cooperation and fair competition we hope we can solve all these issues
in a frank and consultative way,” Xi said.
"Keeping opening up is our long-term strategy. We will never
narrow or close our doors. We will further widen them,” he said. China would
also offer a more fair and transparent environment for foreign firms, including
US ones, Xi said.
Trump is pressing China to tighten the screws further on
North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons. At least modest progress is
hoped for, although there are no immediate signs of a major breakthrough, a US
official said earlier.
Referring to Xi, Trump said: "I do believe there’s a
solution to that, as do you.”
Xi reiterated that China would strive for the
denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint that China would
change tack on North Korea, with which it fought side-by-side in the 1950-53
Korean war against US-led forces.
"We are devoted to reaching a resolution to the Korean
peninsula issue through dialogue and consultations,” Xi said.
In a show of the importance China puts on Trump’s first
official visit, Thursday’s welcoming ceremony outside Beijing’s Great Hall of
the People overlooking Tiananmen Square was broadcast live on state television
- unprecedented treatment for a visiting leader.
Earlier on Thursday, Xi said he had a deep exchange of views
with Trump and reached consensus on numerous issues of mutual concern.
"For China, cooperation is the only real choice, only
win-win can lead to an even better future,” he said.
Xi said China and the United States strengthened high-level
dialogue on all fronts over the past year and boosted coordination on major
international issues, such as the Korean peninsula and Afghanistan.
"Relations between China and the United States are now on a
new historical starting point,” Xi said.
Trump and Xi hit it off at their first meeting in April at
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and continued their "bromance” on
Wednesday with an afternoon of sightseeing together with their wives. However,
deep divisions persist over trade and North Korea.
And while Xi is riding high after consolidating power at a
twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress last month, Trump comes to China
saddled with low public approval ratings and dogged by investigations into
Russian links to his election campaign.
‘HORRIBLE’ TRADE SURPLUS
Trump has ratcheted up his criticism of China’s massive
trade surplus with the United States - calling it "embarrassing” and "horrible”
last week - and has accused Beijing of unfair trade practices.
For its part, China says US restrictions on Chinese
investments in the United States and on high-tech exports need to be addressed.
Several corporate chief executives were in Beijing as part
of a delegation led by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, with General Electric
and semiconductor maker Qualcomm Inc among those announcing billions of dollars
in sales to China.