China's President Calls Trump, Tells Him "Cooperation Is The Only Choice"

Tyler Durden's picture

Having lambasted China throughout the U.S. election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 percent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office, Trump's presidency was a bitter pill to swallow for China's regime, which like many other nations, has voiced loud concerns in the past few days if Trump plans on following through with his threats. To be sure, there has been intense speculation over the impact of Trump's win on issues facing the two countries, from global trade and climate change to the security balance in the Asia-Pacific.

So, in an attempt to reset the tense relations, in their first interaction since the U.S. election, Chinese state media said China's president Xi Jinping told Trump in a telephone call on Monday that as the world's largest developing and developed economies, there were many areas where China and the United States could cooperate, with the Chinese leader making it clear to the president-elect that cooperation is the only option:

"The facts prove that cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States," China Central Television (CCTV) cited Xi as saying. And while Xi explained to Trump that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the world's two largest economies, Trump responded that the two had established a "clear sense of mutual respect".

Xi's remarks were a reiteration of phrasing typically used by Beijing to describe bilateral relations according to Reuters.

The two sides must "promote the two countries' economic development and global economic growth" and "push for better development going forward in China-U.S. relations", Xi said.

"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. The two agreed to maintain close communications and meet soon, CCTV said. Xi had congratulated Trump in a message delivered shortly after his surprise election victory last week.

The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, said if Trump slapped China with heavy tariffs it would "paralyze" bilateral trade.

"When the time comes, large orders for Boeing planes would switch to Europe, U.S. auto sales in China would face setbacks, Apple phones would essentially be crowded out, and U.S. soybeans and corn would be eradicated from China," the paper said in a commentary. It was not exactly clear just how China envisions Europe's far weaker economy as stepping in and replacing the US as dominant trading partner.

The Times, however, hedged by saying that "Trump, coming from a business background, is very astute. We do not believe he will treat China-U.S. trade so childishly."

The Chinese newspaper was confident Trump would go through with his suggestion to impose a 45% import tariff, calling it "merely campaign rhetoric" and questioning its legal validity. U.S. law dictates that presidents can only impose tariffs of no more than 15 percent for a maximum of 150 days on all imports. As an example of earlier tariff-tit-for-tats, the Global Times pointed toward the 35 percent tariffs imposed in 2009 on Chinese tires. China retaliated with its own tariffs on U.S. car parts and chicken.

"Both China and the U.S. suffered losses as a result. From then on, the Obama administration waged no trade war against China. If Trump imposes a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports, China-U.S. trade will be paralyzed," the Global Times said. The opinion piece said Trump was a "shrewd businessman" and would not be naive, but, if he was serious with the policy, it would affect a number of U.S. industries.

"The new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence and bear all the consequences. We are very suspicious the trade war scenario is a trap set up by some American media to trip up the new president," the Global Times wrote, demonstrating a far better understanding of geopolitical rhetoric than its US-based media peers.

That said, in light of the collapse of the TPP, China should be delighted: with Pacific Rim region nations no longer having the option to pursue trade on preferable terms with the US, they will have no choice but to gravitate toward China's sphere of trade influence, and accept any trade deal offered by Beijing. Sure enough, China 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 U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

China is not America's only nervous trade counterpart in a post-Trump wordl: the president-elect's criticism of U.S. allies, including Japan, for free-riding on U.S. security guarantees, has deepened anxiety among Washington's allies about its commitment to post-war security arrangements in the face of a rising China and volatile North Korea. Trump also appears to be seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, which has been billed by China and U.S. President Barack Obama as a key area for cooperation.

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bada boom's picture

We've always been at war with Eastasia.

toady's picture

Shit! Global warming? You promised a trade war and all you're gonna do is global warming? 


Killtruck's picture

Like we cooperated on those fucking islands you built, ya fuckin slope cunt?

Fuck that guy.  

Son of Loki's picture

"Me luv u long time. Buy our stuff."

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Son of Loki Nov 14, 2016 10:13 AM

Trump should have told him to quit being a bitch and depeg the Yuan

Liberal's picture

noooooooooooo! that would be racist!

Vatican_cameo's picture


There is going to be some "posturing" for a while until the Slopes figure out that Trump isn't bluffing and knows his way around finance.  For the past eight years, they have been spoiled, leading an empty-suited cabin-boy around with no resistance whatsoever.  The game has changed and now we have installed a "Backbone" in the White House.  No more "Pushy-Pushy for you".

ghostfaceinvestah's picture

Amen to that.  A trade war would hurt them worse than us.  It would tank their economy and remove the Commies from power.

Just like Reagan waged the Cold War to destroy the Soviet Union, Trump should wage a trade war to sink the Red Chinese.

MFL5591's picture

China is gonna tell Trump what to do?  I really do not think he cares what they say!

toady's picture

I know... I'm just hyper-sensitive to backsliding on the campaign promises. He's already backsliding on obamacare... he's gonna "fix" it; not get rid of it. He's also hiring a bunch of swamp dwellers instead of draining the swamp...

I guess it's back to the status quo...

fbazzrea's picture

we all knew, at least, most of us, that the campaign rhetoric and hyperbole were nothing more than generalizations. how could anyone expect complex issues to be resolved simply by one-liners?

still, i have a feeling of satisfaction knowing we stopped the Clinton Crime Family from hijacking our nation once again. no matter the exact outcome of President Trump's efforts, i have no doubt we'll be better off as a nation than otherwise.

the dust hasn't even settled after the election yet... paid shills and sheeple idiots still marching. it's time to take a deep breath and allow our new president to get his feet on the ground and take a few solid steps before passing judgment.


Krungle's picture

If he went full bore ahead to destroy the system and rebuild it, how long do you suppose he would last? He has to make some concessions, or at least give the appearance of making concessions until he has his people in. He already has a fight before he's even in office with the Soros color revolt and what is left of the Clinton/DNC crime machine. He's got hundreds, if not thousands of Obama's allies and appointments in various .gov positions that he doesn't even know exist and he needs swamp dwellers to point him in the direction of positions that need to be filled with allies. He can't pick a fight with the Republicans right now if he wants to pass any of his agenda. If he were totally open and transparent about continuing with his campaign promises we would wind up in a real civil war before he even takes office. Part of the problem with being an outsider is that he doesn't know where the bodies are buried and he doesn't have leverage yet to get everyone out that needs to be out. Give him some time.

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

Trump said the current trade deals are horrible and he would negotiate much better ones.  He did not promote trade wars and neither should we.  If Trump gives in on security or sovereignty matters I will wholeheartedly join you in condemning him, no excuses.

jcaz's picture

"Cooperation" to China means keeping the status quo-  nah,  we're not ok with that, actually.....

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

they will find that out at the negotiation table...

Cluster_Frak's picture

Cooperation means 'give us your intellectual property or else'

Gead's picture

bada boom - dead nuts on. Couldn't be more correct. This Xi dude best watch out before 'someone' goes all WW2 Japanese on his ass. All he need do is consider just how many locust mouths have to be kept fed in his land. Advice to him - STFU or starve your country you stinkin' cockroach. Bring on the human waves. L & L in Fl.

Lady Jessica's picture

Co-operation to do what exactly?

As far as I can tell, the central banking cabal has China's nuts in a vice.

Jason T's picture

yeah, .. "or my Iron Fist will turn to rust like it did before when even 100 years after the combustion engine was invented, my people still rode bicycles."

ebworthen's picture

TPP and global accord on climate change = fewer jobs and higher taxes for Americans, more pollution and oppression for the Chinese citizen.

back to basics's picture

Yeah, Xi Jinping, we get it. Cooperation is the only way for your country to continue to be the global workshop while jobs vanish everywhere else.

This free trade stuff is easy, where do I sign for more "cooperation"?

loveyajimbo's picture

What "bilateral" trade is Xi talking about? And forcing FAIR trade is not a "trade war".

BTW:  If Trump does not prosecute the Clintons... he is just another version of the Bath House maggot.

back to basics's picture

I voted for the mug but the mask fell off last night on 60 minutes.

Hillary is now a strong and intelligent lady and the Clintons are good people!!! Hillary is corrupt, crooked Hillary and Bill the rapist are now officially history never to be uttered again.

I understand he is trying to unite the country again but fuck me, that was going waaaay too far.

The Clintons are criminals that should be jailed if not shot for treason. Calling them GOOD PEOPLE insulted everyone who cast a vote for Trump and made him look like just another cog in the corrupt machinery.

I hope Giuliani has other ideas.

BabaLooey's picture

Just keep calm.

Trump is playing possum.

Harken back to yesteryear - late 2008 - when Soetero got foisted on us all.


January hit.........



I do.

He does.

play possum definition. To pretend to be dead, a trick used by opossums to defend themselves from predators: “Everyone thought the old con man had died, but it turned out he was just playing possum.” By extension, it also means “to pretend to be asleep, or to lie low”:

toady's picture

Gawd I hope so, because he's already backed off nearly everything from the campaign!

joeyman9's picture

He's trying to stay alive until he is in office.  Right now he might be vulnerable, physically and politically.

cowdiddly's picture

The first 100 days defines the President's policy direction. That does not even start until Jan 20.

All Donald Trump is doing is giving the press a great big nothing burger to their prying questions. The interview was STILL hostile with no respect for the President elect. Did they ever treat Obama like this? not hardly

Think about what he actually said about is he going after Hillary, Of course the press is interested and sweating this because they have been complicit in this crime and it has been documented with wikileaks.

 He knows he still has quite a few many days before he can actually do anything and he answers that he thinks "Hillary and Bill are nice people" Whiffle ball

I don't know how he pulled that wiffle ball out with a straight face, did not say if he was or was'nt going after her. He said the does not know enough about what happed with Comey- Wiffle ball. What he is going to do in the ME. Whiffle ball

Be patient, we will find out in due time but he knows that the press is STILL being hostile to him and he is way to smart to give them ANY ammo right now.

We will see.

If he gets 1/4 of his policy agenda done I will be greatful.There is a such thing as the House and Senate you know. The swamp is full of alligators and that's not going to change overnight. Right now Im just glad to see we may have averted WWIII

toady's picture

I guess that's a way to look at it... but cutting back to 1/4 of his agenda in less than a week is disappointingto me... is he gonna be like Obama and his one accomplishment, obamacare, while deficits continue to double or triple? 

Trump and the "Trumpwall"(tm)?

novictim's picture

China calls a $900Billion yearly trade deficit ($3k per man woman and child in the USA) bilateral trade.  40 years ago this kind of trade imbalance would have led to Congress impeaching the President and the American people marching with  guns on Washington.

But today, crickets.  And no one seems to know the definition for the world "tariff".  This is Orwell's Animal Farm level manipulation of the public consciousness on a grand scale.  TPTB actually managed to get the American public to forget about trade deficits and tariff policy to correct that.

toady's picture

"Deficit don't matter"

Just ask Dick Cheney & Ronald Reagan. 

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Nov 14, 2016 10:43 AM

Here's your FREE TRADE agreement Zipperhead


You're FREE to trade in your Rolls & Ferrari for a rickshaw anytime you want.


Meanwhile, you won't have the Clintons around anymore to sell you classified material.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Trump needs to ask "J"i why he made a deal with the Bush Administration to haul away "Ground Zero" for Apple jobs 15 years ago... And simply say

Not on my watch will you get away with that shit!

If you cooperate with me on getting to the bottom of who in your government went along and bring them to justice as I will from my end? Perhaps we can work a deal!

Son of Loki's picture

Donald Trump is a man who appreciates beauty and will open the border to those Chinese beauties who also happen to be very smart. I am 'ok' with that. Helps dilute the low iq native tribes people and wookie population here.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Son of Loki Nov 14, 2016 10:16 AM

Yeah- that's all we need- a bunch of tiny-titted Chinese broads that can't even drive a car safely

cheech_wizard's picture

Just give them all breast implants as a part of becoming a US citizen...

Standard Disclaimer: Thank you Dow Corning?

kochevnik's picture

Cars will drive themselves, and Chinese are reputed to have reliable sex drives

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Xi's definition of 'cooperation' is like the Democrats' definition of 'bipartisanship' - "You will do what we want you to do, and we will call it 'working together.'"

Screw these guys.

Lost in translation's picture

"And if don't what we want you to do, we will smear and denounce you as 'hateful bigots' and 'racists.'"


Cluster_Frak's picture

We are the Chinese. Lower your shields and surrender your countries. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

novictim's picture

President Xi, if by "cooperation" you mean our size 15 boot on your face and you liking it, well then, yes!  Cooperation is the way to go.  Hit the deck and assume the position. 

Your corrupt and nepotistic slave-empire is about to recieve a boot up its ass.

south40_dreams's picture

As long as it benefits America and not China, we can talk about it. Otherwise, F Off you bunch of lying thieves

shuckster's picture

Stalin called himself Stalin (Russian for steal) because he was referring to his own immovability. He wasn't saying he was tough, he was saying that he was stubborn to the point that he couldn't be moved on anything. Trump should take a page from his book

KingTut's picture

You must have voted for HRC. She's the Stalin clone.  We dodged a real bullet in packing her off.  Hopefully, an indictment awaits her.

Trump is nothing if not a master negotiator.  That is, he's not subborn, he's ultimately about getting things done, and doing whatever it takes.  In other words, he's ultimately very flexible.

He has managed to beat Hillary and fill his table with a huge number of chips.  The wall?  That's an enormous negotiating ploy with Mexico.  Mexico is not managing their drug cartel problems well and they are spilling over the border into our country.  If Mexico get's serious about fighting the cartels, Trump can figure out a better soltuion than a wall.  Just an example.

Stalin was possibly the world's 'greatest' serial mudering psychopath. Good F*ing riddance.

Volkodav's picture

Stalin was terrible, but not the worst

He did move many Germans east away from war front, across Siberia where descendants reside now

previous marxists wholely slaughtered Christians, including Germans lived Volga regions

Marxists hated Russians, hated Christians...same as today

Volkodav's picture


your post is most ignorant

johnwburns's picture

Cheap labor pimps like the #nevertrumpers. The answer can start manifesting itself by rounding up all of the visa overstay zips and cancelling the $500 grand green card - anchor baby bullshit. We'll start building the complex stuff again and you can go back to cabbage patch kids.

ihatediscus's picture