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Trump, in letter to China's Xi, seeks 'constructive relationship'

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:39

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US President Donald Trump sent a letter to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday saying he looked forward to working with him "to develop a constructive relationship" that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement.

[WASHINGTON] US President Donald Trump sent a letter to China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday saying he looked forward to working with him "to develop a constructive relationship" that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement.

The letter also thanked Mr Xi for his congratulatory note on Mr Trump's inauguration and wished the Chinese people a prosperous Year of the Rooster, the statement said.

China's Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.

Mr Trump and Mr Xi have yet to speak directly since Mr Trump took office on Jan 20, although they did talk soon after Mr Trump won the US presidential election in November.

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The Foreign Ministry in Beijing said last week the two countries were remaining "in close touch".

That contact has been led by China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister.

Mr Yang told Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor, last week that China hopes it can work with the United States to manage and control disputes and sensitive problems.

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