China’s President and Donald Trump Speak After Election Win; Trump Calls Asian Nation ‘Great and Important Country’: Report

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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the meeting in Beijing, China, on Oct. 31, 2016. (Credit: Kenzaburo Fukuhara - Pool/Getty Images)

China’s leader has spoken to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his stunning election victory.

President Xi Jinping and Trump spoke on the phone Sunday night, and “established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another,” according to a short statement from Trump’s transition team.

“President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward,” it added.

Chinese state media confirmed the call took place, and said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two powers almost four decades ago, “bilateral relations have been developing continuously, bringing tangible benefits to peoples of both countries and promoting peace, stability and prosperity on the regional and world level.”

According to state media, Xi also stressed the importance of cooperation in “lots of things,” while Trump reportedly said that he was on “the same side” as Xi in Sino-U.S. relations.

“China is a great and important country, and China’s development is remarkable,” Trump is quoted as saying.

“The U.S. and China can achieve mutual benefits and win-win results. I would love to work with you to enhance the cooperation between U.S. and China. I’m sure the Sino-U.S. relations will achieve better development.”

Confusion reigned over the weekend, when a translation error in Chinese media suggested the two had spoken, contradicting Trump, who said that he hadn’t yet talked to Xi.