The Xi of China calls Donald Trump his friend.

Saint Petersburg: Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday called the president of the United States Donald Trump His friend and said he believed that the United States was not interested in breaking economic ties with China.

Speaking in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in an economic forum, Xi He said there were strong commercial and investment connections between China and the United States.

It is difficult to imagine a complete rupture of the United States from China or from China from the United States. We are not interested in this, and our American partners are not interested in this. President Trump is my friend and I am convinced that he is. Nor does this interest you, Xi said in Chinese, interpreted into Russian and then translated into English by.