China's Xi warns Trump of 'negative factors' in USA relations

China's Xi warns Trump of 'negative factors' in USA relations

China's Xi warns Trump of 'negative factors' in USA relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping told his American counterpart Donald Trump today that bilateral relations were "affected by some negative factors", as the two leaders spoke over phone amid unease in ties following a series of U.S. actions that angered Beijing.

U.S. -China relations appeared to be on an upswing after Trump said he and Xi had enjoyed "great chemistry" at a meeting in Florida in April.

The two leaders discussed "a range of other regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest" and indicated the two would meet at the Group of 20 summit in Germany this week, the White House said.

Xi said he hoped the U.S. president will "properly handle" Taiwan issues in accordance with the "One China" principle.

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China and Russian Federation have also established healthy mechanisms both for high-level exchanges and for cooperation in various fields, Xi said.

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According to state media, Xi told Trump in their call that Beijing expects Washington to continue managing relations on the basis of the "one China" principle that rules out formal contacts with Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory.

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The resumption of Freedom of Navigation operations, like that which so irked China on Sunday, and other recent needles are signs that Trump no longer feels it is worthwhile to give Beijing a free pass for assistance with North Korea. "China has expressed its position to the USA".

The nation has vowed to step up patrols by air and sea while Mr Xi said there are a number of "negative factors" disrupting relations between the two nations.

Trump has pressed Xi to use China's diplomatic and economic clout over North Korea to pressure the Stalinist state to abandon its nuclear programme, but the USA leader tweeted last month that Beijing's efforts had failed. "Things such as strengthening pressure on North Korea or urging China to fulfill even more of a role".

Trump infuriated Beijing last week when he approved a $1.3 billion arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governed island that Beijing considers a breakaway province awaiting reunification.

However, analysts have claimed Mr Trump is being put off the relationship by China's failure to reign in neighbouring dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor of worldwide relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said that given the recent actions by Trump, it was "a little bit odd" that Xi had agreed to the phone call.

Still, the current chill is not without precedent: previous U.S. Presidents have also had initial optimism in bilateral relations hit the skids. The ministry called on USA officials to cancel the deal, saying it would be harmful to China's sovereignty.

China is suspected by Washington of seeking to establish by force its demands by building military facilities in the archipelagos of Paracels and Spratleys.

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