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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Donald J. Trump’s State Visit to China

From November 8th through 10th, China hosted President Donald J. Trump on an official state visit, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Trump and President Xi had candid and in-depth conversations about United States-China relations, as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern. The two presidents affirmed that the United States-China relationship is shaped by shared interests and a common commitment to addressing global challenges. Both leaders committed to expand areas of cooperation and generate positive outcomes for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. They committed to directly and frankly address areas of differences, with the aim of solving or narrowing them. The two sides also discussed the progress of United States-China relations since the presidential meeting in Florida in April.

During their April meeting, the two presidents set up the United States-China Comprehensive Dialogue with four pillars: the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue; the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue; the Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue; and the Social and Cultural Dialogue. Each of these dialogues have met since April, to prepare for President Trump’s state visit and produce meaningful results.

During this visit, President Trump raised his concerns about the North Korean nuclear program. The two sides committed to upholding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the goal of full, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and stated that they will not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. Both sides recognized that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests violate relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions, and affirmed a commitment to keep up pressure to curb these programs, including through full and strict implementation of relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. Both sides will work toward resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through dialogue and to addressing the reasonable concerns of all parties. Both sides affirmed they will maintain communication about the Korean Peninsula situation and the steps that the United States and China ought to take, and will continue to strengthen communication and cooperation through existing mechanisms.

The United States and China committed to maintain communication regarding macroeconomic policy topics, including fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate policies; respective structural reforms; and global economic governance-related issues. The United States and China intend to jointly promote a strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive global growth.

The two presidents recognized the importance of United States-China economic relations to both nations’ prosperity and to the international trading system. During the visit, companies of the two nations signed trade and investment deals worth more than $250 billion. These deals will create jobs for American workers, farmers, and ranchers by increasing United States exports to China and stimulating investment in American communities.

President Trump underscored the importance of rebalancing the bilateral economic relationship, emphasizing the need for a more equitable relationship that strengthens American jobs and exports. He called on China to guarantee fair and reciprocal treatment to United States companies, provide greater market access to United States exports and firms, and accelerate the implementation of market-oriented reforms to reduce the bilateral trade deficit. The President emphasized that Chinese government intervention in the Chinese economy has caused stresses in the global trading system. He reiterated that the United States will use all available trade remedies to create a level playing field for United States workers and businesses.

The two presidents announced their plans to enhance cooperation in combatting drugs, including synthetic opioids. The United States and China committed to quickly take steps to regulate and control two fentanyl precursors. Both sides committed to discuss the possibility of scheduling fentanyl as a class; coordinating on international drug policy, such as scheduling ketamine under U.N. conventions; enhancing precursors control and intelligence sharing; conducting case cooperation on mailed packages containing drugs and precursors; and exchanging tracking information on packages between the United States and China, so as to identify individuals and criminal networks responsible for trafficking.

Both sides committed to enhancing cooperation on cybercrime cases and network protection, including by responding to outstanding requests for assistance and enforcement actions, in particular those cases involving cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, the use of the internet by terrorists for criminal activities, and online firearm trafficking and online child pornography. The United States and China committed to fulfilling responsibilities under the U.N. law enforcement and terrorism conventions, as well as under the United States-China Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, to prevent either country from becoming a safe haven for fugitives and to provide cooperation and mutual legal assistance in response to law enforcement requests, including cooperation with regards to business email compromise cases. Both sides committed to coordinating all law enforcement activities on each other’s territory, and cooperating in investigations of uncoordinated activity. In order to better enhance law enforcement cooperation, both sides recognized the need to carry forward working-level mechanisms to resolve outstanding issues.

The two presidents confirmed plans to establish a repeatable process of repatriation of illegal immigrants by the date agreed upon at the Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Dialogue.

The two presidents also reaffirmed the 2015 commitments on cybersecurity, and they emphasized the need for full cooperation into investigations of potentially contravening activity. They pledged to work together to prevent and mitigate the malicious exploitation of their networks by third countries.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of the military-to-military relationship and reducing the risk of miscalculation between our two militaries. The two sides plan to organize an early exchange of high-level visits, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis visiting China in 2018 and a senior high-level Chinese military delegation visiting the United States, also in 2018. The two sides committed to working together to hold exchanges on space security, cyberspace, and nonproliferation before the next round of the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue. Both sides expressed readiness to deepen practical nonproliferation cooperation.

The two sides candidly discussed regional and maritime security. President Trump underscored the critical importance of the peaceful resolution of disputes, unimpeded lawful commerce, and respect for international law in the East and South China Sea, including freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea, and raised concerns about militarization of outposts in the South China Sea.

To enhance regional and global security, the United States discussed measures to support a stable and prosperous Afghanistan and promote Afghanistan-Pakistan cooperation, including addressing these issues in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group. The United States and China plan to jointly engage states in the Middle East about promoting these goals and taking measures against terrorist groups that threaten regional stability.

The two leaders affirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation on nuclear security and countering nuclear smuggling, and continuing to support the global nuclear security architecture. The United States and China reaffirmed their commitment to enhance regional capacity building through the China Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence and the China Customs Training Centre for Radiation Detection, and preventing terrorists and criminals from acquiring nuclear or other radioactive materials, including by enhancing the security of radioactive sources.

Trump and President Xi committed to create an environment enabling their two peoples to promote mutual understanding and enjoy productive exchange. The two sides had a candid exchange of views on human rights and the United States side highlighted the role that the free flow of information, including citizens’ access to media, plays in fostering mutual understanding.

Both sides affirmed the important role that civil society organizations play in furthering social and economic development and people-to-people ties. The United States looks forward to consultations with China on the Foreign NGO Management Law by the end of the year.

The two sides decided to carry out joint projects on HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases. Both sides plan to continue to implement the International Health Regulations and carry out their National Action Plans on Anti-Microbial Resistance. The two sides committed to setting up a clear process and timeline to rapidly and continuously share influenza viruses with human pandemic potential. The two sides committed to working toward establishing an annual consultation mechanism for senior health officials from both countries.

The President recognizes the important outcomes arising from this visit. He thanks President Xi and the people of China for their hospitality, and hopes that the visit sets a foundation for productive engagement. The two presidents plan to keep in close contact, including on major issues of shared interest.

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President Donald J. Trump’s Visit to China

STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL RESOLVE TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Donald J. Trump strengthened international resolve to address the security challenges presented by North Korea.

· President Trump and President Xi reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the goal of full, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stated they will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear weapons state.

· Both sides together affirmed a commitment to fully implement the DPRK U.N. Security Council resolutions to pressure DPRK to eliminate its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

PROMOTE A FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC REGION: President Trump advanced high-standard rules so the Indo-Pacific region can continue to develop and prosper.

· The United States and China affirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation on nuclear security, countering nuclear smuggling, and continuing support of global nuclear security.  They reaffirmed their commitment to enhance regional capacity to prevent terrorists and criminals from acquiring nuclear and radioactive materials.

· The two sides agreed to joint projects on HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases. They committed to rapidly and continuously share influenza viruses with human pandemic potential.

· The two sides had a candid and constructive exchange of views on regional security and maritime issues and reaffirmed the importance of reducing the risk between our two militaries while maintaining the longstanding American commitment to free and open navigation for all nations.

· President Trump and President Xi committed to create an environment enabling the two peoples to promote mutual understanding and had a frank exchange of views on human rights issues.

ADVANCE AMERICA’S PROSPERITY: President Trump promoted American prosperity and trade, including new investments that will employ thousands of American workers.

· The President underscored the importance of rebalancing the bilateral economic relationship and pressed China to reduce the trade deficit by eliminating barriers to trade, guaranteeing fair and reciprocal treatment to United States companies and exports, and implementing market-oriented reforms.

· Both presidents committed to take new actions to save American lives by curbing the flow of synthetic opioids into the United States.  These actions include agreement to control the export of new fentanyl precursors, share intelligence on drug trafficking, and exchange tracking information for packages to identify individuals and criminal networks responsible for trafficking.

· The two presidents decided to establish a process to expedite removal of China’s deportable illegal nationals residing in the United States.

· The presidents pledged to work together to prevent malicious exploitation of computer networks by other countries.

· Trade and investment deals worth more than $250 billion were announced. These will create jobs for American workers, farmers, and ranchers by increasing U.S. exports to China and stimulating investment in American communities.

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Press Gaggle by a Senior Administration Official Aboard Air Force One en route Beijing, China | 11/8/2017

Aboard Air Force One

En Route Beijing, China

2:47 P.M. CST

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: So just briefly, I’ll leave plenty of time for you to ask some questions. We just wrapped up the first state visit by an American President to South Korea in a quarter century; first speech before the National Assembly in roughly the same time period.

I think it was a historic speech. We’ve not seen a speech that went into such great depth about the nature of the North Korean regime; that focused on the human rights abuses of North Korea; that talked about, really, the international obligation to confront and deal with this threat by North Korea, because it’s a threat not only to the United States and South Korea and Japan, but also to regional stability and, ultimately, to global stability because of the weapons that they’re actively producing.

So a couple of things out of that, just to highlight, related to the overall visit: The two Presidents, both President Moon and President Trump, reaffirmed their full support and commitment to this coordinated global pressure campaign to bring North Korea back to authentic denuclearization talks.

We also had a commitment by the President to use the full range of U.S. military capabilities to defend South Korea and Japan and, of course, the United States itself against North Korea’s capabilities.

The President also talked about the fact that there is a brighter path that North Korea can walk if it begins walking down the path toward denuclearization. I think that, in his speech, he made very clear that, contrary to some of the armchair analysis that you’re reading, these weapons that they’re producing are putting the North Korean regime in greater danger. They are not making it safer.

And that’s because there is a growing recognition of both the nature of North Korea’s regime and what it seeks to accomplish — in other words, what are the intentions of the North Korean regime. And if we take them at their own word, these weapons are designed to blackmail the United States and our allies; they are designed to blackmail us into lifting sanctions, and into, ultimately, dissolving the alliance, getting American troops off of the Peninsula, and into eventually reunifying the South with the North under the North Korean regime.

So President Trump sent a very clear message that that is not ever going to happen under our watch. He sent a very clear message about the history of aggression. I think it was a useful history lesson, probably, for the South Korean public and the American public to hear about the hundreds of attacks that North Korea has perpetrated against Americans and against South Koreans over the decades.

And the United States, as the President said, is concerned that North Korea may have interpreted past restraint, on the part of the United States, for weakness. And he said that would be a fatal mistake.

So a pretty clear message, I think, for the North Korean regime in terms of our resolve but also in terms of the availability of a brighter path so that this, sort of, horrific, as he put it, laboratory experiment can end. One in which North Korea and South Korea, brothers separated at birth — what you’ve ended up with is a deplorable prison state in the North and one of the most successful and wealthy countries in the world in the South. So all of those are things that we want to highlight.

Q What would it take to have authentic talks with the North Koreans?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The President made clear that reducing the threats, ending provocations, and moving towards sincere steps to ultimately denuclearize. And I think that North Korea has shown that, really, they are the ones that are putting forward preconditions. They are the ones who have been saying they’re unwilling to talk about nuclear weapons; that that’s not on the table. That’s a nonstarter for us.

Q Among these armchair analysts you refer to, some people read into this speech the President laying down a, sort of, new condition for talks — sort of a sense of some verifiable denuclearization before we can have these talks. Was that intentional or is that a misreading of what the President said?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: You know, the President’s words stand. He does not believe that any deal can be ultimately achieved that does not allow for verification. So a movement toward denuclearization — ultimate denuclearization — but it has to verifiable.

We’ve had too many cases, as he spoke about in the speech — he gave a quick history of all of the good-faith efforts that the United States and other countries, including China and Russia, Japan, South Korea have engaged in with the North. It is a very disappointing history of failure on the part of direct diplomacy with North Korea.

The agreed framework — I mean, every administration going back to George H.W. Bush, successively, have reached some kind of an agreement that the North has then gone back on and begun cheating on. And of course, that’s just bought them time to continue building these kind of capabilities to the point where they now threaten U.S. cities, in addition to the cities in South Korea and Japan and elsewhere.

Q Any plans to do a state sponsor of terror designation? And if so, can you explain the ramifications of that?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Secretary Tillerson is on the plane. Maybe I can pull him forward but —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’ll weigh in, too. The President said he would make a determination at the end of the trip, too. So he said I believe it was yesterday or at some point in the last couple of days, yeah, that he’d make a determination at the end of the trip.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: And as for the ramifications, I’ll refer you to State as to what that entails. But, of course, they were designated as a state sponsor of terror. It was one of the things that a previous administration lifted that designation as part of a hopeful attempt to lure them into reversing the threat. And, of course, that didn’t work out.

So I’d remind that they clearly fit the criteria for a state sponsor of terror in a previous administration

Q You mentioned part of his speech today was imploring Russia and China to do their parts. Should we expect the President should make that message person-to-person with President Xi in Beijing in the next couple days?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Certainly. Yes. I think the President has been clear that that is at the top of the agenda, along with the severe imbalances in the U.S.-China economic relationship. Not just the trade deficit, but, really, the grossly un-level playing field, forced technology transfers for American companies, and much more. So North Korea will be high on the agenda.

Q You keep saying that they need to abide by the U.N. Security Council resolutions. What exactly are the Chinese not doing that they should be doing under those resolutions?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I think that if you look at the activity across that border, certainly there is still some trade taking place. There is still some financial links that exist that should not under those resolutions.

And of course, China is doing much more than it’s ever done in the past, but it’s not the time for complacency or for allowing people to slip through loopholes and for a lot of that residual activity to continue. We know that some of that activity is continuing, and we’re going to work closely with the Chinese to identify that activity and end it.

Q Does the administration have any indication that North Korea is open to this brighter path that you’ve outlined?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I wish I could say that was the case. I think that our administration has made clear from the start that the door is open to dialogue and efforts to sort of probe have been rather discouraging.

We know that, of course, the South Korean government tried over the summer just to do some very simple, rudimentary discussions — you know, to conduct some discussions with the North on things like maintaining a hotline to avoid a military crisis. And of course, the North didn’t really return those phone calls. They have shown very little sign that they’re interested in talking.

And if you go back further and you really look at sort of the history — China, for many years, tried to persuade the current leader’s father, Kim Jong-il of the benefits of reform and opening like that that China undertook under Deng Xiaoping’s era of reform and opening.

They brought Kim Jong-il to China six times, I believe, in the late ’90s, early 2000s. Every time the North Korean leader returned home, it did virtually nothing. And we can’t really explain it other than to speculate that perhaps they fear that reform and opening would actually be tantamount to regime change in their own minds.

So it doesn’t have to be that way. We think that there is a way for them to actually do right by their own citizens who are living in the most totalitarian system currently on Earth. But we’ll leave it at that.

Q Just for clarification, did the President announce the bit about the state sponsorship of terror and I missed it?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: No, he just said that he would make a decision — we would have a decision after the end of the trip. It was — you guys were in the room.

Q One last thing. What does movement toward denuclearization look like?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, we’ll certainly know it when we see it, and we’re not even catching a whiff of it right now.

Q Do you think he should tweet while he’s in China? Do you see any problem with that? Is there any reason why the President shouldn’t tweet while he’s in China?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The President will tweet whenever he wants. That’s his way of communicating directly with the American people.

Q Including in China?


Q (Inaudible) how long ago you guys began planning the DMZ trip?

Q (Inaudible.)

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: So long as he can access his Twitter account because Twitter is banned in China. So is Facebook and, of course, most of the other social media.

Q So can he access it? Logistically, can he access it?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I’m sure we’ve got the gear aboard this airplane to allow that to happen. But it is noteworthy that none of the major Western platforms for social media are even allowed to operate in China.

Q Can you give us a little more clarity on how long ago you began planning the DMZ trip? I mean, had this been in the works for months or weeks or —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I don’t want to go into details about that at the moment, about the planning that goes into the President’s movements.

Q (Inaudible) wrote in the speech today?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: It was a number of very talented writers working on Stephen Miller’s team, working very closely with National Security Council staff. And, of course, there was a cast of many senior officials who had eyes on that speech as it was being formulated.

So, actually, I would like to give credit but I need to ask permission of the speechwriters before I do.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: As even the, I guess, head of the National Assembly said, the President was working on it right up until the end. So obviously these are very much the President’s words. He spent the entire time we had today making additional changes; this morning when we were in a hold, continuing to make changes. So these are very much his thoughts, his words, and something that he was engaged in throughout the process.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: That’s right. We were doing edits this morning, and it’s very much in the President’s voice that speech.


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Remarks by President Trump at Business Event with President Xi of China | Beijing, China

Great Hall of the People
Beijing, China

11:21 A.M. CST

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  And thank you, Minister Zhong Shan, for that introduction.  And especially thank you to President Xi and Madam Peng for serving as such warm and gracious hosts to Melania and me during our time here in your very, very beautiful country.

To both the American delegation and to the Chinese business representatives here, your discussions greatly strengthen our partnership and provides a critical bridge between our business community and yours.  And thank you for that.

During my time in Beijing, President Xi and I have had several conversations about our common goals and interests.  Beyond that, we talk often.  There’s a very good chemistry between the two of, believe me.

My administration is committed to improving our trade and business relationships with China.  And this relationship is something which we are working very hard to make a fair and reciprocal one.  Trade between China and the United States has not been, over the last many, many years, a very fair one for us.

As we all know, America has a huge annual trade deficit with China — a number beyond anything what anybody would understand.  This number is, shockingly, hundreds of billions of dollars each year.  Estimates are as high as $500 billion a year.  We must immediately address the unfair trade practices that drive this deficit, along with barriers to market success.  We really have to look at access, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property, which just, by and of itself, is costing the United States and its companies at least $300 billion a year.

Both the United States and China will have a more prosperous future if we can achieve a level economic playing field.  Right now, unfortunately, it is a very one-sided and unfair one.  But — but I don’t blame China.  (Applause.)  After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?  I give China great credit.  (Applause.)

But, in actuality, I do blame past administrations for allowing this out-of-control trade deficit to take place and to grow.  We have to fix this because it just doesn’t work for our great American companies, and it doesn’t work for our great American workers.  It is just not sustainable.  I look forward to working toward that goal and to pursuing fair and lasting engagement.

At home, my administration is supporting American workers and American businesses by eliminating burdensome regulations and lifting restrictions on American energy and all other businesses.  Restrictions are being seriously lifted.

Our work is already taking hold.  The stock market in the United States is at an all-time high, adding already $5.5 trillion in new wealth since the very, very well-known and now very important November 8th election.

Unemployment is at a 17-year low, and so many other great things are happening to the United States, economically and otherwise.  Frankly, too many to mention.

Abroad, we’re committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific based [on] respect for the rule of law, private enterprise, and trade reciprocity.

In order to achieve prosperity, we must also have security.  Security cooperation is critical to addressing a range of emerging threats throughout the Indo-Pacific region and around the world, and I have been very encouraged by my conversations, both over the last number of weeks and, in particular, last night and this morning with President Xi.  We’re very, very much on the same plane when it comes to security.  We both want it for our countries, and we both want it for the world.

Chief among these threats is the North Korean nuclear menace.  As I stated in my address to the National Assembly in Seoul yesterday, the United States is committed to the complete and permanent denuclearization of North Korea.  So important.  China can fix this problem easily and quickly, and I am calling on China and your great President to hopefully work on it very hard.  I know one thing about your President:  If he works on it hard, it will happen.  There’s no doubt about it.

We call on all nations to implement U.N. Security Council sanctions and resolutions and to cease doing business with the North Korean regime.  All nations must come together to ensure that this rogue regime cannot threaten the world with its nuclear weapons.

I thank President Xi for his recent efforts to restrict trade with North Korea and to cut off all banking ties.  Mr. President, thank you, and thank you to all of the Chinese business leaders here today for standing with the United States and our coalition of responsible nations.  But time is quickly running out.  We must act fast, and hopefully China will act faster and more effectively on this problem than anyone.  I’m also calling on Russia to help rein in this potentially very tragic situation.

The contributions of the business community represented here today are vital to our efforts to ensure peace and prosperity for our two nations.  Together, we can unlock a future of opportunity, wealth, and dignity far beyond anybody’s wildest dreams.

In your discussions today, I hope you will learn from each other and identify new ways to advance our economic cooperation.  I am depending on all of you to work together to find opportunities of mutual agreement and shared prosperity.  The hardworking people of America and the hardworking people of China deserve the very best solutions to achieve prosperity, happiness, and peace.

Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)


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Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting | Beijing, China

Great Hall of the People

Beijing, China

11:12 A.M. CST

PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) (In progress) — this government and Chinese people extending warm welcome to President Trump on your state visit to China.

From yesterday afternoon to the present, we have had in-depth exchange of ideas on China-U.S. relations and important issues of shared interest. We reached many common understandings. We both believe that China-U.S. relations are important to the wellbeing of our two peoples, and bear on peace, stability, and prosperity of the world.

For China and the United States, cooperation is the only viable choice, and win-win cooperation can take us to a better future. We agree that China-U.S. relations have made important progress this year. We have agreed to further promote strategic guidance of summit diplomacy for bilateral relations; strengthen interactions at high and all levels; make the most of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms; expand interactions and cooperation on economy and trade, mil-to-mil relations, law enforcement, people-to-people exchange, and in other areas; enhance communication and cooperation on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, and other major international and regional issues; and work together to take China-U.S. relations to even greater development.

The China-U.S. relationship now stands at a new starting point. China is ready to work with the United States to enhance cooperation and properly manage differences in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit. This way, it will enable our two peoples, the region, and people across the world to benefit more from China-U.S. relations. Thank you.

TRUMP: Mr. President, thank you very much. It’s an honor to be with you. There can be no more important subject than China-U.S. relation. We have, between us — and we have to include some other countries which would quickly come in — we have a capacity to dissolve world problems for many, many years to come.

Our meeting last night was absolutely terrific. Our dinner was beyond that. We had a dinner that was going to last quickly — 20, 25 minutes — because I was traveling and you were so nice, and you said, we’ll just do a quick dinner. And I think it had to last at least two hours, and we enjoyed every minute of it with your beautiful wife and Melania together. Their relationship is a great one, and our relationship has already proven to be a great one.

Our meeting this morning, in front of your representatives and my representatives, was excellent, discussing North Korea — and I do believe there’s a solution to that, as you do; discussing trade with the United States, knowing that the United States really has to change its policies because they’ve gotten so far behind on trade with China and, frankly, with many other countries.

And I have great respect for you for that, because you’re representing China. But it’s too bad that past administrations allowed it go get so far out of kilter. But we’ll make it fair, and it will be tremendous for both of us.

My feeling toward you is an incredibly warm one. As we said, there’s great chemistry, and I think we’re going to do tremendous things for both China and for the United States. And it is a very, very great honor to be with you. Thank you very much.

The hosting of the military parade this morning was magnificent, and the world was watching. I’ve already had people calling from all parts of the world. They were all watching. Nothing you can see is so beautiful.

So I just want to thank you for the very warm welcome, and I look forward to many years of success and friendship, working together to solve not only our problems but world problems, and problems of great danger and security. I believe we can solve almost all of them and probably all of them.

Thank you very much for having us. Very much appreciate it.


 11:18 A.M. CST

12:28 P.M. CST

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Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China in Joint Press Statement | Beijing, China

Great Hall of the People

Beijing, China

12:57 P.M. CST

PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) Your Honorable, President Donald Trump, friends from the press: Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to meet all of you, together with President Trump. Let me begin by extending once again warm welcome to the President for his state visit to China.

Yesterday and earlier today, the President and I have had in-depth discussions on China-U.S. relations and major international and regional issues of mutual interest. We reviewed the important progress made in the relationship since we met at Mar-a-Lago. And we discussed how to further move forward the relationship in the months ahead in great depth. And we reached a series of new and important consensus. Our meeting is constructive and productive.

I shared with the President the policies adopted at the 19th Party Congress. I conveyed China’s firm commitment to deeper reform, greater opening up, and a path of peaceful development, and China’s desire to expand converging interests with other countries and promoting coordination and cooperation among major countries.

President Trump shared with me his domestic reform agenda and foreign policy priorities. The development of China and the United States is mutually reinforcing. Without contradicting each other, our respective success serves the common interests of both countries. We believe that facing the complex and changing international landscape, in maintaining world peace and stability, in promoting global development and prosperity, China and the United States, being two large countries, share more common interests, shoulder greater responsibility, and enjoy broader room for cooperation.

A healthy, stable and growing China-U.S. relationship is not only in the fundamental interest of the Chinese and American people, it also meets the expectations of the international community. For China and the United States, win-win cooperation is the only right choice and the pathway toward a better future.

We agreed to keeping close touch through mutual visits, meetings, phone calls, and correspondence with a view to having timely communications on major issues of shared interest.

We agreed to make the most of the diplomatic and security dialogue, comprehensive economic dialogue, social and people-to-people dialogue, and law enforcement and cyber security dialogue, four high-level dialogue mechanisms, and work together for greater results out of these dialogues.

We believe that China and the United States are the two largest economies and important engines of global economic growth. We need to further expand trade and investment cooperation, strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination, pursue healthy, stable, and dynamically balanced economic and trade relations.

It is necessary to formulate and launch economic cooperation plan for the next phase to have continued in-depth discussion on trade imbalance, export, investment environment, market openness, and other issues, and work to support practical cooperation in energy, infrastructure, Belt and Road Initiative, and other areas.

Just now, the President and I witnessed the signing of some major cooperation agreements by our businesses. During this visit, the two sides signed over $250 billion U.S. dollars of commercial deals and two-way investment agreements.

According to China’s timetable and roadmap for opening up, China has announced a number of steps to promote market access. This speaks volume of the broad space for further economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, which would deliver great benefits to the two peoples.

We agreed to expand, exchange, and co-opt a dialogue between our two militaries at various levels realized at an earlier date the visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense to China a senior, high-level Chinese military delegation to the U.S. and work to ensure the success of the first joint staff dialogue mechanism, and the disaster management joint exercise and academic exchanges.

We agreed to strengthen law enforcement and cybersecurity cooperation.

The two sides reaffirmed that neither wants to become a safe haven for each other’s fugitives, and will instruct competent authorities of the two countries to actively explore a long-term cooperation mechanism regarding fugitive assets recovery and repatriation of illegal immigrants.

The two sides will continue the implementation of the five-point consensus reached in 2015 to enhance cybersecurity cooperation, including the use of the internet for terrorist purposes and tackling cybercrimes. We will deepen counter-narcotics cooperation and better protect each other’s nationals and institutions in their respective countries.

As two distinctive countries, our two sides may have different views or differences on some issues. This is only natural. The key is to properly handle and manage them. There is far more common interests between our two countries than differences. It is important to respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, respect each other’s choice of development path and our difference. As long as the two sides commit to a constructive approach, we can put aside undiffused differences, while at the same time build common ground and advanced cooperation.

We also discussed the international responsibilities our two countries shoulder. We agreed to enhance communication and cooperation on major international, regional, and global issues, and jointly seek proper resolution of relevant (inaudible) issues to make greater contribution to peace, stability, and prosperity of relevant regions and the world at large.

On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, we reiterated the firm commitment to achieving denuclearization of the Peninsula and upholding international nonproliferation regime. The two sides will continue to fully and strictly implement U.N. Security Council resolutions. At the same time, the two sides commit to working toward a solution through dialogue and negotiation. And we are ready to discuss with relevant parties the pathway leading to enduring peace and stability in the Peninsula and the Northeast Asia. The two sides will maintain communication and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula issue.

We believe that China and the United States are countries with important influence in the Asia Pacific. As I said to the President, the Pacific Ocean is big enough to accommodate both China and the United States. The two sides need to step up communication and cooperation on Asia Pacific affairs, foster common friends, build constructive interactions, and jointly maintain and promote peace and stability and prosperity in the region.

We also discussed the Middle East, Afghanistan, and other issues, and agreed to deepen cooperation on counterterrorism, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and stronger support to U.N. peacekeeping operations.

We both believe that friendship between our peoples is the foundation for the sustained growth of China-U.S. relations, and we agreed to further promote people-to-people exchange. We will expand student exchange program, hold China-U.S. Young Maker Competition every year, and open additional Young Maker exchange centers in both countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, President Trump’s state visit is a successful and historic visit. Together, the two of us have set out the direction and drew up the blueprint for China-U.S. relations in the common period. We will work with the United States and act on the consensus we reached, seek further progress in China-U.S. relations to bring greater benefits to our peoples and people across the world.

Thank you very much. (Applause.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: President Xi, I want to thank you for an incredible welcoming ceremony earlier this morning. It was a truly memorable and impressive, and something I will never forget.

Melania and I are honored to visit your country, with its ancient history, dynamic people, and thriving culture. I also want to thank you and Madam Peng for a tour that was given to us yesterday of the very majestic Forbidden City. Your people are proud of who they are and what they have built together, and your people are also very proud of you.

I want to congratulate you on the recent and very successful 19th Party Congress. Perhaps now more than ever, we have an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries and improve the lives of our citizens, as long as we stand together — with others, if necessary — against those who threaten our civilization. That threat will never happen. It doesn’t even have a chance.

As I said in my address yesterday in Seoul, the entire civilized world must unite to confront the North Korean menace. And the entire world is watching us right now.

Today, President Xi — we discussed our mutual commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea. We agreed not to replicate failed approaches of the past — and there were many. We agreed on the need to fully implement all U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea and to increase economic pressure until North Korea abandons its reckless and dangerous path.

All responsible nations must join together to stop arming and financing — and even trading with — the murderous North Korean regime. Together, we have in our power to finally liberate this region and the world from this very serious nuclear menace. But it will require collective action, collective strength, and collective devotion to winning the peace.

In order to create a more secure future for all and to protect our citizens from extremism and terrorism, President Xi and I also committed to working toward a peaceful future for Afghanistan. Terrorists are a threat to all of humanity, and we will stop radical Islamic terrorism.

The United States and China also face many challenges within our borders. Every year, drug trafficking destroys millions and millions of lives. Today, President Xi and I discussed ways we can enhance coordination to better counter the deadly drug trade and to stop the lethal flow of poisonous drugs into our countries and into our communities. A special emphasis will be placed on the new phenomena: fentanyl — destroying lives by the millions. We’re going to be focusing on it very strongly, the President and myself.

In addition to improving the safety and security of our citizens, President Xi and I discussed improving our economic relationship. We want a vibrant trade relationship with China. We also want a fair and reciprocal one. Today, I discussed with President Xi the chronic imbalance in our relationship as it pertains to trade, and the concrete steps that we’ll jointly take to solve the problem of the massive trade distortion.

This includes addressing China’s market access restrictions and technology transfer requirements, which prevent American companies from being able to fairly compete within China. The United States is committed to protecting the intellectual property of our companies and providing a level playing field for our workers. At the same time, our relationship with you and China is a very important one to me and to all of the people of our country. And just by looking at the tremendous, incredible, job-producing agreements just signed by those major companies, we’re off to a very, very good start.

As part of our commitment to regional stability and peace, the United States also continues to advocate for reforms that advance economic freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law.

The United States, working with China and other regional partners, has an incredible opportunity to advance the cause of peace, security, and prosperity all across the world. It’s a very special time, and we do indeed have that very, very special opportunity. A great responsibility has been placed on our shoulders, President — it’s truly a great responsibility — and I hope we can rise to the occasion and help our countries and our citizens reach their highest destinies and their fullest potentials.

I want to thank you again — you’re a very special man — for your gracious hospitality. I send my warmest regards to your citizens. I honor their heritage and celebrate their great, great possibilities and potential for the future.

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 countries.

Mr. President, thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)


 1:12 P.M. CST

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Press Briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, 11/9/2017 | Beijing, China

China World Hotel
Beijing, China

3:21 P.M. CST

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  It is a pleasure to be back in Beijing.  As you know, this is the third stop of the President’s lengthy trip.  So we’re kind of at the halfway mark — great meetings in Japan, South Korea — good capstone to it all here in Beijing.  And then of course we’ll head on for the rest of the trip.

I know President Trump has been very gratified, and you’ve heard him express that himself with the warm welcome he’s received here in China.  He and President Xi continue to build a personal relationship that’s defined by deep respect for each other, a frank, open, and productive exchange.

Also, I want to thank Ambassador Terry Branstad for the outstanding job he’s doing.  The Ambassador and his team have been working hard to ensure a successful visit for our President.  And I also want to reiterate my appreciation for all the hard work our folks at the embassy here in Beijing do implementing our policy here on the ground.

Our two Presidents have had a candid and constructive set of conversations about issues of shared interest and concern.  They agreed that we need to work together to expand areas of cooperation and generate positive outcomes for the benefit of both of our citizens.  Our President has affirmed that by directly and frankly addressing these issues where we have differences, we can find ways to solve problems.

The key topic of discussion was our continued joint effort to increase pressure on North Korea, to convince them to abandon their nuclear and missile program.  President Trump and President Xi affirmed their commitment to achieve a complete, verifiable, and permanent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  President Trump and President Xi will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.

We’re grateful for China’s cooperation.  President Trump has made clear the need to not just maintain the current peaceful pressure efforts, but to do even more.

We also had a candid conversation about our economic relationship.  President Trump called for China to give fair and reciprocal treatment to U.S. companies and exports to reduce the U.S. trade deficit and rebalance the economic relationship.

On critical issue of opioids, we’ve made some good progress on actions to curb the flow the harmful narcotics into the United States in order to save American lives.  The President committed to take new actions, including agreements to control the export of new fentanyl precursors, sharing intelligence on drug trafficking, and exchanging trafficking information packages to identify individuals and criminal networks responsible for trafficking.

This is my third trip to China, as many of you know, since I became Secretary of State.  And I know that Defense Secretary Mattis is planning to come early in 2018.  This underscores the importance we place on the diplomatic and security relationship that he and I have developed jointly.  In addition to engaging on today’s most pressing issues, we’re also discussing ways to prevent mishaps, misunderstandings, and miscalculations.

We’ve also discussed our respective positions on cyberspace, outer space, and nonproliferation.  We plan on continuing our engagement in these and other areas over the coming year.

As you know, we’ll next be going to Vietnam for the APEC Summit and then on to Manila for ASEAN and the East Asia Summit.  We had a frank exchange here, in China, on maritime security issues and the South China Sea.  The U.S. position remains unchanged:  We insist on upholding freedom of navigation that claims to be consistent with international law, and that claimants should stop construction and militarization of outposts in order to maximize prospects for successful diplomacy.

The President also committed to promote exchanges and understanding between our peoples, and had a frank exchange of views on human rights issues.

On behalf of the United States, I repeat our gratitude to China for hosting President Trump and our entire U.S. government delegation.

And I’m happy to take questions, and I think Sarah is going to referee for me because she’s better at that than I am.

Q    Mr. Secretary, on North Korea, the President was asking Xi Jinping to do more — to close down bank accounts, send North Korean workers back, cut out the oil supplies.  Where did you get on that front?  And will the President meet with Vladimir Putin in Da Nang?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  The President and President Xi did have a very, very detailed exchange on what both sides are doing, and in particular what China is doing with respect to first fully implementing all the provisions and the intent of the U.N. Security Council resolutions that are imposing sanctions.

President Xi shared very specific actions they’ve taken, including the bank accounts that you just mentioned and other areas to comply fully.  We talked about foreign labor, as well.  And a lot of businesses up along the China-North Korean border are shutting down as a result of the sanctions.

President Xi took the views that the sanctions are going to take a little while, that he didn’t expect immediate results, but that, clearly, from his perspective, the North Korean regime is feeling the full effects of the sanctions themselves.  In terms of how much stress it will create on them, time will tell.

Q    (Inaudible.)

They are complying with the U.N. Security Council resolution to not allow any increases in delivery of oil.  And as you know, that resolution put a cap on fuel products — primarily fuel products, and then a capital no increase in oil exports.

With respect to the potential meeting between President Trump and President Putin, that’s still under consideration.

Q    Mr. Secretary, if I could ask you quickly a little bit on trade.  You mentioned the President said this was an unbalanced relationship.  So in what way did China promise to balance out that relationship?  And then, secondly, the President talked a lot about his personal chemistry with President Xi.  Can you sort of bring us inside the room and tell us what that chemistry looked like, and then also how you anticipate that chemistry will help the U.S. get what it wants from China?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, on the trade issues, there were very, very specific exchanges from the U.S. Trade Representative, Bob Lighthizer, as well as Secretary of Commerce Ross.  As you know, there have been very lengthy and many discussions on many of the trade-specific issues, whether it be barriers to U.S. imports of goods to China, forced transfer of technology concerns.  So it was a very detailed discussion of the progress that has been made and the lack of progress.

I think the best way to characterize it is, while we appreciate the long hours and the effort that our Chinese counterparts have put into those trade discussions, quite frankly, in the grand scheme of a $300- to $500-billion trade deficit, the things that have been achieved thus far are pretty small.  I mean, they’re not small if you’re a company, maybe, that has seen some relief.  But in terms of really getting at some of the fundamental elements behind why this imbalance exists, there’s still a lot more work to do.  And that was made very clear by both the Trade Representative and the Commerce Secretary.  And the Chinese acknowledge much more has to be done.

So I would say there’s a lot of work left to do to progress trade to the point that it will achieve President Trump’s objectives and our objective, which is to rebalance what has really occurred over many years, this trade imbalance itself.

I think in terms of the chemistry between the two, at most it manifested itself in just the very open — just the openness that exists around that table.  I don’t sense there’s any reservation on the part of President Xi to express exactly his views on certain issues, and there’s certainly no reservation on the part of President Trump to express his view.  And so that means sometimes it’s an expression that we don’t agree.  And that’s useful in and of itself to have a clear understanding of why we don’t agree and whether it’s something that we’re just going to set aside or whether it’s something that we ought to spend more time trying to understand better to see if we can’t close the gap between those differences.

But I think the chemistry has really manifested in just the very open nature of their meetings.

Q    Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  In that vein, the conversation when the President was pressing China to ramp up the pressure on North Korea, if you could get into some detail on that for us.  And also, is one of the areas of disagreement North Korea?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  There is no disagreement on North Korea.  In fact, we were quite pleased and gratified that President Xi himself and all the representatives that we deal with — our counterparts on the Chinese side — have been very clear and unequivocal they will not accept a North Korea with nuclear weapons.  So there’s no space between both of our objectives.  There are — clearly, we have our own views of the tactics and the timing and how far to go with pressure, and that’s what we spent a lot of timing exchanging views on.

President Trump, our President, has been very clear with President Xi that he takes the view that you are a very powerful neighbor of theirs; you account for 90-plus percent of their economic activity; you’re a strong man — you can, I’m sure, solve this for me.  And so he was very clear with him and said he believes it can be solved.

I think our task now is how to work jointly with our efforts.  Our efforts are complementary, and not in any way contradictory, but complementary to bring the regime in North Korea to the negotiating table ready to start the long process of how they denuclearize their country.

Q    Mr. Secretary, the President said (inaudible) that he does not blame China for the trade imbalance.  He said during the campaign that China was raping the economy and threatened to declare China a currency manipulator.  Why the change of heart here?  And can you explain why the President said, “Who can blame a country that is able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?  I give China great credit.”  Does he seem like he’s praising them for taking advantage of the United States?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, as I was sitting there listening to that, there was a little bit of tongue-in-cheek in that characterization.  But there was also a lot of truth to it.

During our discussions, the U.S. Trade Representative went over the history of U.S.-China trade imbalances from the time that China joined the WTO.  And that trade imbalance — he kind of went year by year by year — and he made the point that if you look at the 15 highest trade imbalances by year that we’ve had in the history of the country, all 15 of them were with China.

And it’s been an issue that has just grown over time.  It just keeps going up from year to year to year.  And so I think what the President was just reflecting on is, look, we are where we are because previous administrations, whether through benign neglect — which is my own characterization of it — or for whatever reasons, allowed this to happen, and allowed it to get so out of balance that now it’s not an easy thing to rebalance.

But I think to President Trump’s credit, he recognizes — and these are the words we have used with the Chinese — it is not sustainable.  We can’t just continue on this path and this trajectory that we’re on.  We have to change — the word that we’re using — we have to change the paradigm.

And so how do we do that?  And we have to do it together.  You know, we have to work through this together.  But I think his characterization of not blaming a large developing country from doing what they can do — you know, I feel the same way about a number of actions that countries take — if the door is open, you’re going to walk through it.  And I think in this case the President was simply saying, look, previous administrations have kind of left this trade door open.

Q    (Inaudible.)

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  I didn’t (inaudible) that at all.

Q    Mr. Secretary, one question about this agreement between China and the U.S. on North Korea.  You said China will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.  Well, clearly it has accepted a nuclear-armed North Korea.  North Korea has nuclear weapons now.  Are you telling us that China has agreed with the President that the era of strategic patience is over, and they’ve reached a new determination about this threat that they didn’t have before President Trump took office?

And when President Xi said sanctions will take a little while, did he give any clarity on what that length of time is?  And is the President comfortable waiting however long President Xi thinks sanctions will take?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, I don’t want to speak for President Xi or the Chinese government as to how they view the statement they’ve made to us now that they will not accept a nuclear-armed, nuclear-weaponized North Korea.  I’ll let them speak for themselves.

But they’re unequivocal in that statement.  And so that puts us both on the same objective, policy-wise, to achieve that denuclearization.

I think in terms of how long will it take, no one is making any predictions.  I think there’s just a recognition that it’s taken us about the last four to five months, really, is when we finally got all of these sanctions provisions passed by the U.N.  It takes a while for countries to then comply, and so I think — and I have the expectation we’re going to have to wait and let this take its effect.

There are clear signs, and the Chinese side has shared with us some of the signs they’re seeing.  We see certain signs of our own through intel and other sources we have that it is creating some stress within North Korea’s economy and with some of their citizens, potentially even within some of their military.

So it is something, though, that sanctions themselves always require some time for inventories to be used up, for alternatives to be closed off.  And a lot of the sanctions compliance is us identifying places where they’re re-shifting to try to maintain certain economic activity, but we try to close that off them.

Q    And you said the two nations have their own views on tactics and timing.  Would you describe that as a large gap in the two countries’ views on timings and tactic?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  I don’t think it’s a large gap.  It’s kind of back to your other question of do we have a prediction on when we think sanctions are going to really bite.  I think the Chinese clearly have always taken a view that this needs to be solved through dialogue, it needs to solved through diplomatic efforts.

The President, I think, made clear in his address in Seoul yesterday to the general assembly a similar view, and he invited North Korea to come to the table in those remarks — please come to the table and talk to us.  But there’s also — that’s backed up, though, but the strong military posture that the President has been very unequivocal that if we deem the threat to be sufficient to require a military response, we will be ready with that response.  That’s not his first choice, it’s not our first choice.  We are going to work hard on the diplomatic effort as well.

Q    Another thing the President said today that they agreed on were the solutions when it comes to North Korea.  Could you explain to us a little bit more about that?

And then also on that note, on this trip, the President used very strong words for Kim Jong-un’s government when he was in South Korea, but we didn’t hear him use some of the same derogatory language for him that we’ve heard from him in the past, like at the United Nations, like “Little Rocket Man.”  I’m wondering if the Japanese government, or the South Korean government, or even the Chinese government asked him not to use that kind of language and to kind of tone it down while he was so close to North Korea.

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  We had no such request that I’m aware of.  I think, if you really look at the entirety of the President’s speech to the general assembly in Seoul yesterday — which I thought was a historic speech — it was a great contrast in what is possible — what is possible for North Korea.  And it’s a bright line of what democracy, democratic values, allowing the will of the people to advance their lives under their own aspirations against what life under an autocratic dictator looks like.

I mean, I don’t know of another place — you can search the globe — and I don’t know where else on the world’s surface you’ll see such a contrast of the same peoples.  And it’s been, I think, an exhibit in the power of democracy and democratic values when people are allowed to govern their lives that way.

And he was really, I think, creating that aspiration for North Korea.  And that is part of the way forward.  So when you said, “what is the way forward,” I think the Chinese government feels the same is that the way forward is to enable North Korea to advance its economy — advance opportunity for its citizens, who, as you know, struggle — many of them struggle.

Q    But that is a different sort of message and tone than we’ve heard the President take to this North Korea situation in the past.  So if it wasn’t another government that asked him not to use some of the same kind of derogatory language, what did make him change his approach to that situation?  Was the U.S. concerned that that language might be seen as provocatory?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  This was a speech that the President worked on personally.  Many of us had input to the original draft.  We then sat down with him; he went through the speech more than once.  And he made a lot of changes in the tone of that speech, up and down, and landed where he landed.  And he was making changes to the tone of that speech, I can tell you, up to the last five minutes before he walked in to deliver it.  He was still looking at certain phrases and deciding whether to leave those in or not.

So the answer is, the President of the United States decided what the tone of that speech was going to be, and he delivered it with that tone.

Q    Mr. Secretary, I was wondering on the possible meeting with the Russian President on Thursday.  Just to follow on John’s question, is it still under possible plan?  The President seemed to suggest when he was flying here on Air Force One that he expected to meet him on Thursday.  Has something changed since then, or it’s just not nailed down yet?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  There’s never been an agreement to — certainly not to a formal bilat.  I mean, clearly the leaders are going to be at the summit together.  It wouldn’t be at all unusual if they ended up with some kind of a pull-aside.  The question is whether we’ve got sufficient substance.  And we’re working with the Russians, as you know, in a number of very difficult areas.  And we have been in contact with them, and the view has been if the two leaders are going to meet, is there something sufficiently substantive to talk about that would warrant a formal meeting.

And so I would just say there’s been no conclusion made on that.  We continue to have conversations.  I have conversations at my level with counterparts, as well, as to — you know, if we’re going to have a meeting, let’s make sure it’s a meaningful meeting.

Q    What do you believe is substantive to talk about?  What do you want to bring to them?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  I think you well know we have a significant effort underway in Syria, with Russia, to find a solution to Syria beyond the defeat of ISIS, which is what we’re concentrated on right now.  We have significant conversations underway with Russia on the situation in Ukraine.  We have conversations with them on other areas.  I mean, you probably can make that list yourself.

But we have had a significant effort in the Middle East and in Ukraine underway with them.  And we’d like to know, if the two heads of state are going to meet, is there something we can point to that’s useful to meet.  Otherwise, we’ll just keep working it.

Q    Do you believe that Russian meddling and the investigation is still on that list of things to talk about, or did they say everything they had to say in Germany?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  It stays on that list.

Thank you.


              3:43 P.M. CST

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Remarks by President Trump and President Xi of China at State Dinner | Beijing, China

Great Hall of the People

Beijing, China

6:36 P.M. CST

PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) The Honorable President Trump and Mrs. Trump, ladies and gentleman, dear friends: Good evening. As we often say in China, what a joy it is to have friends come from afar. On behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, I once again extend a warm welcome to you, President Trump, on your state visit to China.

Although there is a vast ocean between China and the United States, distance has never prevented our two great nations from coming together. And we have never stopped our efforts to pursue friendship and win-win cooperation.

Forty-five years ago, President Nixon visited China, a visit that reopened the door of exchanges between China and the United States. As he rightly pointed before leaving China, it was a week that changed the world. Since then, thanks to the joint efforts of several generations of leaders and the people of our two countries, historic progress has been made in China-U.S. relations. It has benefitted our two peoples. Indeed, it has changed the world.

How time flies. Over the past 45 years, historic changes have taken place in the world, in China, and in China-U.S. relations. The Cold War is a thing of the past. The world today is experiencing tremendous progress, profound transformation, and major adjustments. China has embarked on path of reform and opening up, and socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era.

China and the United States once walked with animosity, have grown into a community with our interests closely converging. Today, our two countries share far more and broader common interests, as well as greater and stronger responsibilities in upholding global peace and promoting common development. The strategic dimension and global influence of China-U.S. relationship have continued to grow.

President Trump, the state visit to China is another event of historic importance. Over the past two days, we have had in-depth exchange of views on how China and the United States should seize the opportunity, rise up to the challenges, and open up new grounds in our relations.

Together, we have mapped out a blueprint for advancing China-U.S. relations. We both agree that China and the United States should remain partners, not rivals. We both agree that when we work together, we can accomplish many great things to the benefit of our two countries and the whole world.

I have also briefed President Trump on the 19th International Congress of the Communist Party of China, and this is my message: The 19th Party Congress will bring even more opportunities for China’s cooperation with the United States and other countries. Indeed, the Chinese dream is closely connected with the dreams of people of all other countries in the world.

The Honorable President Trump and Mrs. Trump, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends: One has to make (inaudible) efforts to fulfill one’s dream. As an old Chinese adage goes, “No distance, not even remote mountains and vast oceans can ever prevent people with perseverance from reaching their destination.” Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, also said, “He who can have patience, can have what he will.”

It is my firm conviction that China-U.S. relations face limited challenges, but boundless potential for growth. With perseverance, we can surely write a new chapter in the history of China-U.S. relations. With perseverance, our two great nations will definitely make new contribution to creating a better future for mankind.

Now please join me in a toast to the prosperity of China and the United States and the wellbeing of our people. To the friendship between China and the United States, and between our people and to the health of you, President Trump, Mrs. Trump, and all our sides present, cheers. (Applause.)

(A toast is offered.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you so much. That was so nice. And this has been an extraordinary few days. President Xi, your generous words. I must say, Melania — we both want to express our gratitude to you and Madam Peng for the extraordinary hospitality that you’ve shown us from the moment we arrived in your magnificent country, China.

Yesterday, we visited the Forbidden City, which stands as a proud symbol of China’s rich culture and majestic spirit. Your nation is a testament to thousands of years of vibrant, living history.

And today, it was a tremendous honor to be greeted by the Chinese delegation right here at the Great Hall of the People. This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world. In the words of a Chinese proverb, “We must carry forward the cause and forge ahead into the future.” I am confident that we can realize this wonderful vision, a vision that will be so good and, in fact, so great for both China and the United States.

Though we come from different places and faraway lands, there is much that binds the East and West. Both of our countries were built by people of great courage, strong culture, and a desire to trek across the unknown into great danger. But they overcame.

The people of the United States have a very deep respect for the heritage of your country and the noble traditions of its people. Your ancient values bring past and future together into the present. So beautiful.

It is my hope that the proud spirits of the American and Chinese people will inspire our efforts to achieve a more just, secure, and peaceful world, a future worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors, and the dreams of our children.

In a moment, we will view a video of my granddaughter, Arabella, reciting traditional Chinese songs and poetry about your country’s serene beauty and treasured customs. Our children so often remind us of our shared humanity and true dignity.

President Xi, on behalf of the American people, I offer this to toast to you, to the people of your country, and to a friendship that will only grow stronger and stronger over many years to come.

Thank you. This has been a great honor to be with you both. We very much appreciate it. (Applause.)

(A toast is offered.)


 6:53 P.M. CST

The Trump family is a family of achievers with a morally outstanding code of ethics. Here we see the amazing and beautiful performance by Arabella Kushner, Ivanka’s 6 years old daughter,  singing a complex Chinese song in fluent Chinese!!! And to have the notion of hating her grandfather is beyond incomprehensible because it is bigoted and is intellectually racist.

The White House
Office of the First Lady
For Immediate Release

Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to China

Upon arriving in China, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in an arrival ceremony at the airport, followed by a welcome tea, a tour, and a couples dinner at the Forbidden City with President Xi and Madame Peng.

On day two, the First Lady and her husband traveled to the Great Hall of the People to take part in an official welcome ceremony. After the ceremony, Mrs. Trump and Madame Peng toured Banchang Primary School to participate in a variety of classes, including Peking opera, astronomy, fashion and design, calligraphy, cooking, and Chinese architecture. The tour ended with a cultural performance by some of the school’s students. Mrs. Trump then participated in a U.S. Embassy meet-and-greet, and ended the day with a state dinner and cultural performance at the Great Hall of the People.

On day three of her visit, Mrs. Trump visited the panda exhibit at the Beijing Zoo, then toured the Great Wall.

“This visit to China is something I will never forget,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “President Xi and Madame Peng were gracious hosts, and I was honored to participate in many cultural experiences and personal conversations. I believe both of our countries made great strides during this trip, and I look forward to future visits.”

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