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Xi Jinping Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US

On September 30, 2017, President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China-US relations have been generally stable at present. President Donald Trump and I have maintained sound communications. The Chinese and the US working teams should firmly grasp the general direction of bilateral relations, respect each other, share mutual benefit, focus on cooperation and properly solve differences according to the consensus reached by the two heads of state, in a bid to push for stable and healthy development of bilateral relations. China attaches great importance to President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit to China this November, and I look forward to working with him to plan and advance future development of bilateral relations. The teams of both sides should make joint efforts and work closely to make the visit successful and special.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and the US are respectively the largest developing country and the largest developed one as well as the world’s top two economies. Living in peace and win-win cooperation between both countries are blessings of the two peoples and luckiness of people of all countries in the world. The development of China-US relations needs to insist on a correct direction. The common interests of the two countries far exceed differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice. Both countries need to and can cooperate on bilateral, regional and global levels. The two sides should deeply tap potential, expand mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, continuously cultivate new growth points for cooperation, and enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. The two countries need to properly handle differences and sensitive issues through dialogue and consultation on the basis of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns, so as to maintain the stability of the overall situation of bilateral cooperation. The two sides should strengthen friendship between the two peoples, and continue to encourage and expand friendly exchanges between peoples of the two countries, so as to constantly consolidate social and public opinion foundation of China-US relations.

Rex Tillerson conveyed greetings from President Donald Trump to President Xi Jinping, and expressed that President Donald Trump looks forward to his upcoming state visit to China. Under the guidance of the two heads of state, US-China relations have achieved continuous development. The US attaches importance to developing its relations with China and hopes to meet each other halfway, continuously increase mutual trust, enhance communication, deepen practical cooperation in various areas as well as jointly cope with international and regional challenges.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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