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By ZHANG YUNBI | China Daily | Updated:2017-07-04 06:43In phone call, he says some negative factors need attentionChina hopes the United States will appropriately address issues regarding Taiwan by honoring the one-China policy and the three key bilateral joint statements made to date, President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a telephone conversation on Monday.
The conversation came at a time when two-way ties have been strained by Washingtons recently unveiled plan to sell arms to Taiwan and the incursion of a warship into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.
Observers warned that if Washington fails to do damage control, ties between the countries may fray, as an arms deal breaches US pledges in past official statements and betrays the one-China policy.
Xi said bilateral ties have been bolstered in important ways since his meeting with Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort in the US in April, but added that ties are also “impacted by some negative factors”.
The two largest world economies should “focus on cooperation and manage and control their differences”, Xi said.
Trump said the relationship has broad prospects, with both countries having a wide spectrum of common interests. The US government continues to uphold the one-China policy, and there has been no change in that position, he said.
Xi said China attaches great importance to Trumps reaffirmation of US adherence to the policy.
The two leaders agreed to meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, this week and will continue to exchange views on issues of common concern, the Foreign Ministry said in a release.
Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said the US arms sales to Taiwan “obviously breach US commitments” in the three key statements, while interfering with Chinas domestic affairs and sending misleading signals to those who seek Taiwan independence.
“Although Washington has many times reaffirmed that it subscribes to the one-China policy, it should take actions that honor its words, rather than eating its words,” Ruan said.
Yin Zhuo, director of the Expert Consultation Committee of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy, said that despite the negative factors clouding overall ties, the two militaries have institutionalized dialogue mechanisms and frequent exchanges of officers to help eliminate doubts and mistrust.
When referring to the challenges facing the global economy, Xi said it is necessary for China and the US to work with other G20 member economies to strengthen the groups role and reinforce concerted efforts.Related StoriesXi, Trump exchange views on G20 summit, Korean Peninsula via phoneIn phone call, Xi, Trump discuss Korean issuesXi, Trump discuss Korean situationXi-Trump meeting brings high hopesPhotoHK looking forward to seeing nation’s first aircraft carrierChinese aircraft carrier formation conducts trans-regional trainingHandcycling team tours ChinaRoll, roll, roll your boat! Life in flooded GuangxiFour-story building moved 10 meters for railway lineWorlds largest indoor ski resort opens to publicLatestMinistries respond to key public concernsFertile black soil to be better protectedPreferential policies make relocation a sensible optionNew measures draw Taiwan people to mainlandHigh-level drill improves skills of aircraft carrier crewState Council NewsOECD highly praises the structural reform of Chinese governmentPremier Li stresses role of talent training in revitalizing NE ChinaExclusiveMilestones of the countrys manned space programInfographic: Bullet trains set new standards7 firsts in Chinas sci-tech achievements in 2012-17Editors picksFertile black soil to be better protectedNew measures draw Taiwan people to mainlandTen photos you dont wanna missTen photos from across China: June 23 – 29SpecialGaokao – a test that changes destiniesAchievements made under Xis leadershipBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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