US-China rifts widen despite economic headway


PV International Desk : Three months after US President Donald Trump hosted a lavish welcome for his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Florida resort, the powers have made headway on an ambitious economic plan even as diplomatic rifts between them have widened.

Speaking in Paris on Thursday, the American leader was full of praise for Xi, proclaiming him a “friend” for whom he has “great respect”, a “great leader” and a “very talented man.”

The expressions of admiration have gone both ways — a day earlier Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had hailed “positive advances” in China-US economic cooperation based on a spirit of “consensus” between the two leaders.