Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Donald Trump on his stunning victory in yesterday’s US presidential election.
According to China’s official Xinhua News Agency, here’s what Xi had to say to his future American counterpart:
I highly value the relations between China and the United States, and I am looking forward to working together with you to expand China-U.S. cooperation in every field, at the bilateral, regional and global levels, on the basis of the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, with differences controlled in a constructive manner, so as to push China-U.S. relations further forward from a new starting point, better benefiting the peoples of the two countries and other countries.
Xi added that both China and the US have the special responsibility of “maintaining world peace and stability and boosting global development and prosperity” and that he hopes to develop “long-term, healthy and stable” China-US relations.
In the past, Trump has had some less than nice things to say about the Chinese president. When Xi visited the White House last year, Trump suggested that he be given a “double sized Big Mac” rather than a formal state dinner.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has engaged in relentless China-bashing, accusing Beijing of illegally subsidizing exports, manipulating its currency, stealing intellectual property and “raping” America. At one point he said that he would impose some yuge 45% tariffs on America’s second-largest trading partner. He also vowed that on his first day in office, he would label China as a currency manipulator.
Trump’s Chinese-American supporters have argued that he was just using China as a “punching bag” in order to gain support with voters. Once in office, it will go back to business as usual.
Well, now, we’ll actually get a chance to see if they were right about that.