Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday, discussing U.S. President , state visit to China later this year.
Xi said currently the most important event in China-U.S. relations is President Trump’s visit to China in early November. He said President Trump’s visit will be a major opportunity for the development of bilateral relations.
Xi said that China-U.S. ties have been generally stable, and that he has maintained sound communication with President Trump.
The Chinese and American teams should materialize consensus reached by the two heads of state, grasp the direction of bilateral relationship, respect each other, and focus on cooperation while dealing with differences properly, Xi said.
He said China attaches great importance to President Trump’s visit, and he looks forward to working with President Trump to outline and advance the bilateral relations in the years to come. He said the teams on both sides should work closely to make the visit “successful and special.”
For his part, Tillerson conveyed Trump’s greetings to Xi, saying the U.S. president looks forward to his visit to China.
The visiting secretary of state said that the United States values its relations with China and hopes to increase mutual trust and practical cooperation in various areas as well as jointly tackle international and regional challenges. He described bilateral relations as moving on and on with the guidance of the two heads of state.