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Trump, in a Letter to China’s President Xi Jinping, Seeks a ‘Constructive Relationship’

February 8, 2017

China's President Xi Jinping Delivers Opening Speech At The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017China's President Xi Jinping Delivers Opening Speech At The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2017
Xi Jinping, China's president, speaks during the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17, 2017Jason Alden—Bloomberg/Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter to China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday saying he looked forward to working with him “to develop a constructive relationship” that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement.

The letter also thanked Xi for his congratulatory note on Trump’s inauguration and wished the Chinese people a prosperous Year of the Rooster, the statement said.

China’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment.

Trump and Xi have yet to speak directly since Trump took office on Jan. 20, although they did talk soon after Trump won the U.S. presidential election in November.

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing said last week the two countries were remaining “in close touch.”

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That contact has been led by China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister.

Yang told Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, last week that China hopes it can work with the United States to manage and control disputes and sensitive problems.