China is calling for constructive dialogue and negotiations ahead of the President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing next week as the world’s second-largest economy balances practical diplomacy with its own growing assertiveness.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying demonstrated that balancing act when she addressed a question about the trade relationship with the U.S. on Thursday.”With deepening and fast growing economic and trade cooperation, it is inevitable that certain differences and frictions may arise between China and the U.S. But we should be aware that this doesn’t make [up] the mainstream of China-U.S. economic and trade relations,” said Hua.”We indeed hope that the U.S. will work with China for [shared goals, and] properly handle the relevant differences through dialogue and negotiation in a constructive way so as to ensure the steady and healthy development of China-U.S. economic and trade relations,” Hua added, according to an official transcript.
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