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Special arrangements set for Trump's visit

By An Baijie | China Daily | Updated: 2017-11-04 07:26

China will make high-standard arrangements for the reception of US President Donald Trump and fully prepare to ensure that the upcoming visit will be historic and successful, said a senior diplomat.

Trump's visit to China from Wednesday to Friday will be the first by a head of state to China since the Communist Party of China's 19th National Congress, which ended on Oct 24, and it comes at a significant moment in China-US relations, said Zheng Zeguang, vice-foreign minister.

Apart from regular arrangements such as a welcoming ceremony, formal talks, reception banquet and meeting with the media, China has also set some informal interaction procedures that will provide sufficient time for the two presidents to fully exchange views on major issues that jointly concern the two sides, Zheng said.

In April, when President Xi Jinping visited Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump arranged for a considerate and grand reception for Xi, and in return, China will also make some special arrangements for the US president, Zheng added.

According to the vice-minister, the two presidents will exchange views on hot topics such as bilateral trade and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Zheng said he is optimistic about the future of China-US trade, since there is great potential for economic cooperation between the world's two largest economies.

"The core of China-US economic and trade ties is win-win cooperation," he said, adding that two-way cargo trade volume reached $524.3 billion last year.

China-US economic and trade relations created 2.6 million jobs for the United States in 2015 and saved $850 for each US family on average during the same period, he said.

China and the US are in different positions of the global supply chain, and the two countries have complementary economies, he said, adding that China has a surplus in cargo trade but a deficit in service trade with the US.

The vice-minister also reiterated China's stance on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, saying that China upholds dialogue and coordination to solve the issue and opposes any use of force.

On Thursday, US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said in Washington that Trump looks forward to his upcoming visit to China and is ready to work with Beijing to promote peace and prosperity in the region and beyond.

China is "an immensely important part of ... regional security as well as protecting and advancing the systems that have benefited all of us," McMaster told reporters.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

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