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Zhang Yesui (C), spokesperson for the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), anwsers questions during a press conference on the NPC session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2018. Photo: Xinhua

The relations between China and the United States are the world's most important bilateral relations and maintaining the stable development of the relations is in the interests of both countries and the international community, a Chinese official said on Sunday.

Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, made the remarks in a response to a question raised by a reporter from America's Cable News Network at a press conference.

"The common interests of the two countries outweigh the divergences, and cooperation is the only correct option for the two countries (to develop the bilateral ties)," said Zhang, who has served as Chinese ambassador to the United States.

When talking about the trade tensions between China and the United States, Zhang said that China did not want a trade war with the world's biggest economy because it would also damage the interests of China, of which the United States is an important trade partner. However, the veteran diplomat also showed toughness, stressing that China would not step back if a trade war begins.

Zhang's statement came after Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs, paid a visit to the United States, which many analysts said would help ease the escalating trade tensions between the two countries.

Liu's America trip came two weeks after Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi visited Washington, which showed successful high-level exchanges between the two countries.

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