BEIJING, Mar 19 (INP) Chinese President Xi Jinping and Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, have held talks in Beijing and sent out a message that they would work to strengthen ties between their countries.
After the meeting in the Chinese capital on Sunday, Xi said he and US President Donald Trump had resolved in a phone call last month "that we need to make joint efforts to advance China-US cooperation and we believe that we can make sure the relationship will move ahead in a constructive fashion in the new era".
He said: "I'm confident that as long as we can do this, the relationship can surely move in the right direction."
To advance China-U.S. ties in a healthy and steady manner, both sides, Xi expressed, could enhance exchanges at high level and various levels; expand cooperation in bilateral, regional and global fields; and properly address and manage sensitive issues.
The two sides should grasp the general direction for the development of China-U.S. relations in an attitude responsible for history and future generations, said Xi.
Xi suggested that the two countries increase strategic trust and mutual understanding, review bilateral ties from long-term and strategic perspectives and expand fields of cooperation for win-win outcomes.
The two countries should also enhance coordination on regional hotspot issues, respect each other's core interests and major concerns and encourage friendly exchanges between the two peoples, said Xi.
Xi also extended welcome to President Trump for a visit to China.
In his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders, TIllerson pledged to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme and cautioned that regional tensions had reached a "dangerous level".
Tillerson said President Trump valued communication with President Xi, and looked forward to meeting Xi and the opportunity for a visit to China.
The U.S. side is ready to develop relations with China based on the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, said Tillerson.
It is Tillerson's first visit to China since he assumed office last month. State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held separate meetings with Tillerson on Saturday.