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Trump thanks China, vows to reinforce ties

By ZHANG YUNBI | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-11-09 17:37

United States President Donald Trump has several times voiced appreciation in response to China's great hospitality in hosting his state visit to the country, and pledged efforts in reinforcing US ties with China when addressing journalists alongside President Xi Jinping Thursday.

"Melania and I are honored to visit your country, with its ancient history, dynamic people and thriving culture," Trump said.

Trump also expressed appreciation to Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan for the tour given to the visiting couple Wednesday of "the very majestic Forbidden City".

"I want to thank you...for your gracious hospitality," Trump said.

The two presidents had held talks and met with business leaders from both countries before facing the media at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.

"In the coming months and years, I look forward to building an even stronger relationship between our two countries - China and the United States of America - and even closer friendships and relationships between the people of our two countries," Trump told reporters.

Trump arrived in Beijing Wednesday for a three-day state visit to China.

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