Lu also declined to go into details whether the consultation process required that Trump should make such a statement.
“We will not make comment on hypothetical questions. As for One China policy,” he said, adding that ever since China and the US established diplomatic relations it served as the basis for the relationship.
He also skirted questions whether two sides discussed the disputed South China Sea over which Trump and his administration officials made strong comments, saying that Chinese naval ships should be stopped from accessing the artificial islands.
Nor he confirmed any talks on Trumps assertion earlier to hike tariffs on Chinese goods and allegations of China indulging in currency manipulation.
The Chinese statement said Trump and Xii their first phone conversation pledged to boost win-win cooperation in a variety of areas and develop a constructive China-US relationship.
Xi congratulated Trump on being inaugurated as US President and thanked him for sending a letter on Wednesday to extend his holiday greetings to the Chinese people, who are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year — the Year of the Rooster — and the upcoming Lantern Festival.
Xi said he greatly appreciated Trump’s willingness to expand China-US cooperation and develop a constructive bilateral relationship that will benefit the two countries and the international community.
China and the US have maintained close communication on issues of common concern since Trump’s inauguration, Xi noted, saying that the necessity and urgency of strengthening China-US cooperation is further increased in the face of the current complicated international situation and various challenges.
The development of China and the US can complement each other and promote each other, and the two countries are totally capable of becoming good cooperative partners, he said.
Xi said that building a sound China-US relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and it is also the responsibility China and the United States need to assume as the world’s major countries.
China is ready to boost mutually beneficial cooperation with the US in various fields such as trade and economy, investment, science and technology, energy, culture and infrastructure, he said.
Trump expressed his satisfaction with the close communication the two sides have maintained since he took office and admiration toward the Chinese people for the historic accomplishment they have achieved in developing their country, it said.
Developing US-China ties has won wide support from the US people, Trump said, adding that the two countries, as cooperative partners, can make joint efforts to help the bilateral relationship reach an unprecedented level.
The US is committed to enhancing win-win cooperation with China in economy, trade, investment and international affairs, Trump said, it said. PTI
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