By Alana Abramson
April 12, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping April 11 — and their official statements about the conversation couldn’t have been more different.

The White House provided no information beyond the fact that a phone call had taken place. “President Donald J. Trump spoke last night President Xi Jinping of China to follow up after President Xi’s visit to Mar-a-Lago,” it said in a statement. “It was a very productive call.”

A readout from the Chinese President, however, obtained and translated by CNN, not only detailed what the two discussed — topics included North Korea and Syria — but also mentioned steps to move the relationship forward.

“We held in-depth exchanges on China-US relations in a new era as well as major international and regional issues, and reached important consensus,” said Xi. “Mr. President and I have deepened our mutual understanding and established a good working relationship. Next, both sides should utilize the four high-level dialogue mechanisms, namely diplomatic and security, comprehensive economic, law enforcement and cyber security, as well as social and people-to-people dialogues.”

Here’s the full text of President Xi’s readout, as translated by CNN.

Write to Alana Abramson at Alana.Abramson@time.com.

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