Trump, Xi, Putin telephonic diplomacy

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The US President-Elect Donald Trump has developed a benign diplomatic aptitude towards the international community; both the rivals and allies. Trump lambasted China throughout the US election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges of slapping 45 percent tariffs on imported Chinese goods, and labelling the country a currency manipulator; however, on the basis of this diplomatic move, now the observers and forecasters are predicting a world sans violence and wars in the Donald Trump’s tenure at White House.

Presently, in result of telephonic diplomacy followed by heads of three major world powers both strategic and financial, it is being predicted that all three powers Russia, China and US will resort to resolution of outstanding disputes amicably, capping the bleeding of human beings blood in the ongoing wars, conflicts, proxy wars and rivalries in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Kashmir, Palestine, Sudan, Nigeria, and other Muslim countries. In his maiden telephonic interactions with the Chinese and Russian counterparts, Trump established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another as he stated that he believed he would have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward.

The telephonic diplomacy sprouted with the telephonic conversation between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in which Chinese President highlighted importance of ties with the US and told him that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the world’s two largest economies, with Trump saying the two had established a “clear sense of mutual respect”. Intense speculation has swirled over the impact of Trump’s win on China-US issues – from global trade and climate change to the security balance in the Asia-Pacific.

As per Chinese official media, in their first interaction since the US election Xi told Trump that there were many areas where China and the United States could cooperate. The facts prove that cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States. Xi’s remarks were a reiteration of phrasing typically used by Beijing to describe bilateral relations. The two sides must promote the two countries’ economic development and global economic growth and push for better development going forward in China-US relations..

The two agreed to maintain close communications and meet soon. Xi had congratulated Trump in a message delivered shortly after his surprise election victory last week. China has signaled it will promote plans for regional trade integration, vowing to seek support for a Beijing-backed Asia-Pacific free trade area at a summit in Peru later this month, after Trump’s win dashed hopes for the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trump’s criticism of US allies, including Japan, for free-riding on US security guarantees, has deepened anxiety among Washington’s friends about its commitment to post-war security arrangements in the face of a rising China and volatile North Korea.

Xi congratulated Trump on his election as U.S. president and expressed his willingness to work with him. Since the two countries established formal ties 37 years ago, bilateral relations have been continuously progressing, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples and promoting world and regional peace, stability and prosperity. Facts have shown that cooperation is the only correct choice for the two countries, As China-U.S. cooperation faces important opportunities and has huge potential, the two countries need to strengthen coordination, advance their respective economic development and global economic growth and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples and promote the smooth development of China-U.S. relations.

As the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country respectively and as the top two economies of the world, there are many things in which China and the United States can and should cooperate. The two sides must strengthen coordination, promote the two countries’ economic development and global economic growth, expand all areas of exchange and cooperation, ensure the two countries’ people obtain more tangible benefits, and push for better development going forward in China-US relations.

After the Republican secured his position as America’s next leader, Chinese media warned him against delivering on these promises, while expressing hope that in practice he would prove to be a pragmatist in foreign policy. Beijing hopes for stability in bilateral relationship with Washington as it faces challenges at home, one of them being upcoming changes within the government in late 2017. Some of Trump’s rhetoric may be viewed favorably in China, however, particularly his attitude to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal for the Asia-Pacific championed by the Obama administration as a vehicle for setting America’s trade rules for the region. The TPP excludes China. Trump called it a “disaster” and vowed to veto it.

Beijing also said it was waiting for Trump to comment on other issues of US foreign policy relating to Asia, like the deployment of anti-ballistic missile systems in South Korea, a move perceived as hostile towards China in Beijing. There is also uncertainty regarding global trade and the security balance in the Asia-Pacific. China has not been the only country which met Trump’s victory with caution. A number of European leaders expressed concerns regarding Trump’s many controversial statements even as they congratulated him last Tuesday. Political establishments in Europe are also bracing themselves as elections loom in several member states, with Trump’s win viewed as a good omen by populist parties across Europe, which now believe they have better chances to win in their upcoming elections.

China is a great and important country with eye-catching development prospects, said Trump. The United States and China can achieve win-win results featuring mutual benefits. Trump voiced his readiness to work with Xi to strengthen U.S.-China cooperation and expressed his belief that U.S.-China relations will witness even greater development. Xi and Trump also agreed to maintain close contact, establish a good working relationship and meet at an early date to exchange views on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.

According to the news agency, Trump told Xi he was willing to work with China to strengthen mutual cooperation, stating his belief that US-China relations can “definitely achieve greater development.” During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward, a statement from Trump’s presidential transition office said.

Xi and Trump agreed to meet soon and maintain close communications until then. China is a great and important country, and China’s development is remarkable, Trump is quoted as saying. The US and China can achieve mutual benefits and win-win results. I would love to work with you to enhance the cooperation between US and China. I’m sure the Sino-US relations will achieve better development.

Trump’s office in New York said that during the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another. In addition, President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward.   But some experts believe Trump will make a few strong military moves in the area to prove a point. They think he then will stop doing so and begin working with China on economic issues. China claims about 95 percent of the South China Sea, which covers an area from Taiwan to Singapore. In 2010, China began expanding its control in the sea.

Author is an executive editor of Melange and Secretary Information Center Of Pakistan And International Relations