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Managing Differences
Experts offer their views on the meeting of Chinese President Xi and U.S. President Trump
By Li Fangfang | Web Exclusive

Attendees listened to experts' views on China-U.S. ties at the seminar "A New Era, A New Direction for China-U.S. Relations" held by China International Publishing Group on November 7, one day ahead of Trump's state visit to China from November 8 to 10 (COURTESY PHOTO)

China will give a "state visit plus" reception to President Trump, who has arrived in Beijing on November 8 for his three day visit. It is widely expected that Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart will have enough time to have an in-depth exchange of views.

A group of experts on China-U.S. ties shared opinions on the visit as well as the long-term relationship between the two nations at a seminar titled A New Era, A New Direction for China-U.S. Relations staged by China International Publishing Group on November 7, one day ahead of Trump’s state visit to China from November 8 to 10.

The visit was Trump’s first to China as a national leader and the third time he has met Chinese President Xi in person. U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said that the chemistry between the two leaders is good, which bodes well.

"There are a lot of excitement and feelings that this could be very historic and significant for [the] Trump-Xi meeting here," Branstad said during an interview in Beijing on November 5.

This is the first state visit received by the Chinese side following the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The focus for the [Xi-Trump] meeting should be the reaction of the U.S. side to Xi's approach of a shared destiny for the new era, said Zhao Kejin, a professor at Tsinghua University's School of Social Sciences.

"No country can dominate the world today, and there are lots of hard global problems to be settled, particularly after the financial crisis occurred in 2008," Zhao said. "Under such circumstances, the Chinese leader put forward [the concept of] a shared future featuring mutual respect and win-win rules during the just-concluded Communist Party national congress."

Jake Parker, Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council, said that the Sino-U.S. economic and trade relationship has always been a most sensitive issue. China is pushing forward greater economic reform domestically. It is hoped that Chinese and U.S. companies will share a more equal business and competitive environment, he added.

"The common interests have significantly increased, so have disputes and friction. How to address divergences is a key issue for both countries," Zhao said.

Huo Jianguo, Vice President of the China Society for World Trade Organization Studies, echoed in terms of long-term solutions of current conflicts between the two countries.

"It is undeniable that there are still some conflicts and divergences between China and the U.S., and this will take a very long time to resolve. Building strong communication is an effective way to solve the problem. And we have to explore cooperation in broader fields than simply trade," Huo said

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