China open to trade talks with U.S.

President Xi meets Henry Kissinger - Xinhua |

In a separate meeting on Thursday in Beijing with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Wang said the two countries absolutely could resolve their trade dispute.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Friday, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said, "According to the U.S". He also made a point to mention the importance the USA places on getting China to reduce oil imports from Iran to zero, a commitment Beijing has emphatically said it will oppose.

Senior Communist Party official Yang Jiechi, a veteran architect of Beijing's foreign policy, insisted that China allows freedom of religion and criticized the United States for what he saw as its own "militarization" of the South China Sea.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the USA has told China that that the American military will "fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows". U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to fix China's "longtime abuse of the broken global system and unfair practices".

"I have agreed with President Trump to meet during the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina, where the two sides can have an in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern", Xi said.

On Monday, Trump said China wanted to make a deal and added: "If we can make the right deal, a deal that's fair, we'll do that". Pentagon Chief, James Mattis and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe also took part in the talks.

There has been a rise in negative voices on China in the US that merit attention, Xi said. "Confrontation and conflict between the two militaries will spell disaster for us all".

Top on that list is the South China Sea, where warships from the two countries recently had a near-collision, and Taiwan, where the USA has been signaling a policy shift with more frequent arms sales and the sailing of ships near the island.

Trump's administration has also accused China of meddling in USA politics ahead of this week's congressional elections, charges China strongly denies.

Branstad said they would also discuss "strategic security" and avoiding accidents between the two militaries. China and the USA should better understand each other and enhance communication to expand mutual benefits while managing disagreements.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asserted USA rights to freedom of navigation but also said the two sides should work together on areas of common interest.

China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China's $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute can not be resolved.

That's where the two leaders are likely to address the burgeoning trade dispute that's already hurting constituencies in both nations and threatens to weigh on the wider global economy.

Pompeo said the U.S. had also expressed concern about China's approach to Taiwan, particularly its efforts to limit worldwide engagement with the breakaway province. But overall, the tone of the USA officials' public comments was milder than that of the Chinese.

Yang defended China's policies in Xinjiang as measures against "ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes" but said it was a Chinese internal affair and foreign governments should not interfere.

Pompeo, who has made religious freedom a priority at his State Department, said he had had a "good conversation" on the US' concerns about China's treatment of religious minorities amid reports that Beijing is in the midst of a large-scale effort to "re-educate" its Uighur Muslim population concentrated in Xinjiang province.



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