Xi Jinping says cooperation is best for China and US at G-20 meeting with Trump

  • Cooperation is the best choice for China and the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping tells U.S. President Donald Trump, state news agency Xinhua reports.
  • Xi says he wants to exchange views on issues of common concern with Trump and jointly chart the course for China-U.S. relations in the next stage, Xinhua adds.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump greet attendees waving American and Chinese national flags during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Nov. 9, 2017.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump greet attendees waving American and Chinese national flags during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Nov. 9, 2017.

Cooperation is the best choice for China and the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump during a Saturday dinner meeting in Argentina, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Xi said he would like to exchange views on issues of common concern with Trump and jointly chart the course for China-U.S. relations in the next stage, Xinhua added.

Trump struck a positive note in brief remarks to reporters before the dinner, despite the U.S. president's earlier threats to impose new tariffs on Chinese imports.

"Well be discussing trade and I think at some point we are going to end up doing something great for China and great for the United States," Trump said.

He suggested that the "incredible relationship" he and Xi had established would be "the very primary reason" they could make progress on trade, though he offered no specifics on how they might resolve the main issue dividing the world's two biggest economies.