Donald Trump speaks to Xi after Chinese leader tightens grip on power

President Donald Trump spoke to his counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said today, after the Chinese leader solidified his grip on power at a landmark Communist Party Congress.

A senior administration official told AFP the pair had spoken by telephone after Xi was formally handed a second term.

The congress also saw the Chinese leader fuel speculation about how long he will remain in the post by not anointing a possible successor to take over in five years’ time.

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported that Xi expressed a desire to work with Trump to “jointly blueprint future development of China-US ties.”

Trump is expected to meet the Chinese leader during a state visit to China early next month.

That is part of a broader Asia trip likely to be dominated by concerns about North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear programmes.

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