Xi Jinping has telephone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump

Updated: 2016-11-14 13:28


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BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday had a telephone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump.

China stands ready to further promote its relations with the United States on the new starting point following the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Sunday.

Wang made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, after they held the first meeting under the China-Turkey foreign ministers' consultation mechanism.

Asked whether China has made contact with Trump's team, Wang said China maintains close contact with the U.S. side at various levels, adding that it is a consensus shared by the U.S. Republican Party and the Democratic Party to constantly develop and deepen China-U.S. relations.

China, he said, is willing to continue its cooperation with the administration of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, so as to ensure a smooth transition of bilateral ties to the next U.S. administration.

Meanwhile, Beijing also stands ready to communicate with Trump's team, so as to cement mutual understanding and expand consensus on bilateral cooperation, added the Chinese foreign minister.

Citing Chinese President Xi Jinping's congratulatory message to Trump, Wang said China is willing to push for greater progress in China-U.S. ties on the new starting point on the basis of the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

Xi's message has charted the course for the future development of China-U.S. ties, and China is ready to make joint efforts with the U.S. side to that end, said the minister.