Xi Jinping described Donald Trump as a friend during his speech in St Petersburg on Friday. Photo: AP

China, US too intertwined to ‘break up’ despite trade war, Xi Jinping says in Russia

  • President tells forum in St Petersburg he does not want a decoupling from Washington and doubts his ‘friend’ Donald Trump does either
  • On efforts to boost global trade, Xi says he wants to be ‘a constructor, not a destroyer’
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Xi Jinping described Donald Trump as a friend during his speech in St Petersburg on Friday. Photo: AP
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.