‘We hope they will meet us halfway’

Staying updated: A man reading a coverage on the US election at a printing facility in Hong Kong. — Bloomberg

Beijing: Beijing expects the incoming US administration to meet China halfway, manage differences and push for the advancing of China-US ties along the right track, a senior diplomat said.

Vice-Foreign Minister Le Yucheng made the comments yesterday when asked about the US presidential election and its implications on China-US relations.

Le said that at present, the counting of the US presidential election votes was still underway, the result has not yet been finalised, and hopefully the election will proceed smoothly and successfully.

China’s attitude towards its relations with the US is clear and consistent, Le said, adding that despite differences between the two countries, they also “have extensive common interests and room for cooperation”.

“Maintaining and promoting healthy and stable growth of China-US relations is in line with the fundamental interests of the people of both countries and serves the common expectation of the international community, ” he said.

It is hoped that the incoming US administration will meet China halfway, adhere to the principle of no conflicts, no confrontations, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, focus on cooperation, manage differences, and push for the advancing of China-US ties along the right track, Le said. — China Daily/ANN

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