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U.S. Envoy in China Says Vote Won’t Affect Ties Regardless of the Outcome

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Aaron P. Bernstein—Getty Images People watch voting results at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's election night event on Nov. 8, 2016 in New York City.

"The issues are the same, the good faith is the same"

U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus says “the world’s most important relationship” between Beijing and Washington will remain stable regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Asked by a Chinese reporter about Trump’s proposal for a 45% tariff on Chinese goods imported in the U.S., Baucus says that “people say a lot of things in the heat of a campaign that are not quite as feasible as they think when they’re elected.”

Trump has also pledged to withdraw U.S. support for the Paris climate change agreement that was reached largely through hard negotiating with China.

Baucus says he doesn’t believe the two countries would stop collaborating on issues already agreed to, including climate change, containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and reaching a political settlement in Afghanistan.

In his words, “The issues are the same, the good faith is the same.”

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