The president of the United States, Donald Trump, and one of his predecessors Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), maintained during the weekend a "very good" telephone conversation about the negotiations with China, reported the White House on Monday.
In a statement, the presidential mansion explained that both spoke on Saturday by telephone on "President Trump's stance on trade with China and other numerous issues," after Carter wrote a "nice letter" to the president on the dialogue with the giant Asian.
"President (Trump) has always liked President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and he gave them his best wishes in the name of the American people," the White House said.
According to American media, this is Trump's first call to Carter.
Earlier this year, the former president had sent a letter to Trump giving him advice on how to manage ties with China, since Carter oversaw the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two powers forty years ago.
According to public radio station NPR, Carter revealed Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, that he had spoken with Trump the previous day in the evening.
Carter said the president had said he was especially concerned about how China is "getting ahead" of the US, which the president said he agreed with.
"And do you know why?" Carter added, "I normalized diplomatic relations with China in 1979. Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with someone, nobody, and we have remained at war."
Even so, NPR recalled that in reality China and Vietnam had fought in a brief armed conflict in early 1979, weeks after the normalization of ties with the United States.
In the opinion of Carter, USA. it is "the most belligerent nation in the history of the world" due to the desire to impose American values on the rest of the world.
The United States and China are engaged in a trade war that both sides are trying to solve through negotiations, which was triggered by the imposition of tariffs on China by the US, which was followed by reciprocal measures by the United States. Asian country.