After Trump’s letter, Chi says ‘cooperation right choice’

Beijing, Feb 9: After US President Dold Trump sent a letter to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Chi said “cooperation” was the only right choice between the two countries. However, Chi’s state-controlled newspaper Global Times suggested that Trump writing a letter and not phoning Xi reflected that the US President wanted to keep his distance from Chi. “Chi attaches great importance to developing the relationship with the United States,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said here. “Cooperation is the only right choice for Chi and the United States,” Lu added.

The official said Beijing was ready to work with Washington to expand cooperation and differences.

Lu added, just as President Xi said, Chi and the US both had a responsibility to safeguard world peace and stability, and promote global development and prosperity. Wednesday’s letter, Trump’s first direct communication with Xi, follows the Chinese President’s congratulatory note on the occasion of his iuguration on January 20, Efe news agency reported.

In the letter, the US President offered belated wishes to Chi for the Lur New Year and said “he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the US and Chi”, according to a White House statement.

Chu Yin, Associate Professor at the University of Intertiol Relations, said after his iuguration as the US President, Trump spoke to many countries’ leaders but not Chi’s.

“This led some people to believe that he might intend to keep his distance from Chi and even raised concerns about future conflicts even though his daughter appeared in the Chinese Embassy in the US on February 2 to participate in a Chinese New Year’s celebration event,” Chu was quoted by Global Times as saying.

“Since Trump has made a lot of provocative statements toward Chi, this letter is a good sigl but we still need to observe his real actions,” Diao Daming, a research fellow at the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences was quoted by the same newspaper.

The world’s two largest economies and great military powers are locked in dispute over a host of issues which range from South Chi Sea to trade dealings.

After his ascension to power, Trump has sort of taken on Chi, needling it on the Taiwan issue about which Beijing is very touchy. (IANS)