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Amid trade war with US, China’s Xi Jinping calls Donald Trump his friend

Speaking in the Russian city of St Petersburg at an economic forum, Xi Jinping said there were strong trade and investment connections between China and the United States.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2019 20:50 IST
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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called U.S. President Donald Trump his friend and said he believed the United States was not interested in rupturing economic ties with China.(Reuters Photo)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called U.S. President Donald Trump his friend and said he believed the United States was not interested in rupturing economic ties with China.

Speaking in the Russian city of St Petersburg at an economic forum, Xi said there were strong trade and investment connections between China and the United States.

“It’s hard to imagine a complete break of the United States from China or of China from the United States. We are not interested in this, and our American partners are not interested in this. President Trump is my friend and I am convinced he is also not interested in this,” Xi said in Chinese, interpreted into Russian and then translated into English by Reuters.

(The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text, only the headline has been changed)

First Published: Jun 07, 2019 20:45 IST

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