Trump spoke to Xi over telephone, days after the U.S. president angered Beijing by referring to the coronavirus as "Chinese virus" and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China's ruling Communist Party poses a "substantial threat" to Americans' health and their way of life.
"China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus".
He reiterated his stance that the U.S. has to get back to work quickly and set a goal of 12 April to have the country back to work, something which has drawn criticism from experts.
At first, Trump mocked the Chinese as they battled the deadly virus, adamantly refusing to recognize that it was a global pandemic that has no borders nor separates race.
Xi said Sino-US relations were at a "critical juncture", CCTV reported, adding that cooperation was mutually beneficial and "the only right choice".
President Donald Trump's daily White House coronavirus briefings have drawn huge ratings, Breitbart reports. "... I think you'll see a very fast turnaround once we have a victory over the hidden enemy as I say".
Economic growth had already slowed as a result of the long-running trade war with the United States that saw billions of dollars in tariffs slapped on trade between the two countries.
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Xi also expressed concern about the outbreak in the USA, which has surged ahead of China's number of confirmed cases and turned New York City into a global epicenter.
The data shows more than 532,700 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above 24,000 and over 122,600 recoveries.
President Trump has ramped up calls to re-open the US economy in the face of a massive rise in unemployment claims.
The call was the first one-on-one conversation between the leaders made public since February 7.
The war of words between American and Chinese officials picked up pace after a top Chinese diplomat suggested the US military may have been responsible for the global outbreak.
He also called for the two countries to work together to tackle the virus and said Beijing "wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US", according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Still, Trump's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, on Wednesday condemned "the disinformation campaign that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in to try to deflect from what has really taken place here".