Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump sent congratulatory messages to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the two countries, the state news agency Xinhua reports.
The Chinese head of state assured that relations between the two countries "are at an important stage" -something he already expressed to Trump during the call that both leaders had on December 29-, and stressed that "history has shown that cooperation is the best option for both parties. "
In his message, Xi spoke of the "great importance" of these relations and showed his hope to "work with President Trump" to "implement the consensus we have reached", in reference to the commercial truce agreed on December 1 during the G20 summit in Argentina.
Both leaders agreed to a 90-day truce in the tariff war they are maintaining, a period in which the two countries must reach a trade agreement.
According to the communist leader, the ties between China and the United States "achieved a historic advance" in the last 40 years despite the "ups and downs", generating "significant benefits" to the two peoples and contributing "enormously to peace, stability and prosperity" " around the world.
Xi called on Trump "a joint effort to boost bilateral relations characterized by coordination, cooperation and stability."
Xinhua indicates that, for his part, the US president also highlighted the "great progress in the development of bilateral relations" and assured that his "priority" is "promoting cooperative and constructive relations" between his country and China.
The US president pointed out that his "solid friendship" with Xi "has laid a firm foundation for the great achievements of both countries in the coming years."
This anniversary commemorates the decision of the United States to change its official recognition from Taipei to Beijing, made official on January 1, 1979.
However, he was already present in Beijing with a de facto embassy that was eventually headed by the late US president, George H. W. Bush, who died recently.