Trump hails ‘solid friendship’ with Xi
The Presidents of China and the U.S. have exchanged messages vowing to boost cooperation despite a bruising trade war, on the 40th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations, state media reported. In the messages sent on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of working with the U.S. “to advance China-U.S. relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability”, Xinhua reported. According to Xinhua, President Donald Trump praised the last four decades of diplomacy between China and the U.S., hailing his “solid friendship” with Mr. Xi. Washington and Beijing imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of goods in total two-way trade last year. However, since the two leaders agreed on a truce on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires, there have been small signs of progress. The two nations established diplomatic relations on January 1, 1979, with the U.S. pledging to have only non-official ties with Taiwan.