US, China can solve all problems together: Trump tells Xi

Beijing, Nov 9: US President Donald Trump today sought China's cooperation in solving North Korea's nuclear crisis as well as other global problems of "great danger" as he held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to boost bilateral ties.

The two leaders met in Beijing's Great Hall of the People for talks following the US president's glitzy royal welcome in the Chinese capital.

"I just want to thank you for the warm welcome and I look forward to many years of success and friendship, working together to solve not only our problems, but world problems and problems of great danger and security," Trump said. 

"I believe we can solve almost all of them and probably all of them," he said.

Trump is in China as part of a five-nation tour of Asia. He has already visited South Korea and Japan, and will go on to Vietnam and the Philippines later in the week.

Discussion on how to deal with North Korea's threats to the region has dominated Trump's agenda. 

Earlier, Trump was given a lavish welcome with a guard of honour and 21-gun salute when he arrived at the Great Hall of the People before his talks with Xi, which were confined to delegations.

Thanking Xi for yesterday's welcome at the 15h century Forbidden City, he said the dinner which planned for 20 minutes went on for two hours.

"We enjoyed every minute of it with your beautiful wife and Melania together. Their relationship is a great one and our relationship has already proven to be a great one," he said.

"Our meeting this morning in front of my representatives and your representatives was excellent, discussing North Korea. And I do believe there's a solution to that as you do," he said.

"We must act fast. And hopefully China will act faster and more effectively on this problem than anyone," Trump said. 

Referring to over USD 370 billion imbalance in bilateral trade in favour of China, Trump blamed the previous US administrations for it.

"But we'll make it fair and it'll be tremendous to both of us," he said.

PTI