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China takes "positive attitude" toward Trump's infrastructure plan: spokesman

Editor: zhenglimin 丨Xinhua

11-14-2016 20:01 BJT

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China takes a positive attitude toward cooperation with the United States in all areas, including infrastructure, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday.

Geng made the comment when asked if China is willing to participate in U.S. infrastructure plans, as President-elect Donald Trump hopes to create more jobs through an infrastructure revamp in the country.

China looks forward to working with the United States to expand cooperation on bilateral, regional and international levels, Geng said at a regular news briefing.

"As for the specific areas of cooperation, China takes a positive attitude to all areas that will benefit the two countries and peoples, including infrastructure," Geng said.

Media reports said the Obama administration has suspended its efforts to win congressional approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact before Trump takes office, saying that the TPP's fate is up to Trump and Republican lawmakers.

"China is open in principle to all trade arrangements that are conducive to liberalizing and facilitating regional trade. But China maintains such arrangements should comply with World Trade Organization rules and should not be politicized," Geng said.

Responding to concerns that Trump vowed to "cancel" the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was inked last December and came into force last week, Geng said the deal was a result of concerted efforts of all parties, including China and the United States.

China is willing to strengthen cooperation with the United States and other countries on climate change and promote green, low-carbon and sustainable development around the globe, the spokesperson added.

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