'Dramatic improvement' seen as use of more natural gas and less coal brings increase in blue-sky days to Beijing and surrounding region during the winter
The Chinese president also noted that the strategic and major projects of the two countries have been steadily moving forward, and the cooperation in innovation and agriculture, as well as people-to-people and media exchanges, have been flourishing.
China's use of natural gas surged by 19 percent in 2017, as areas across northern China switched to this relatively clean fossil fuel and away from highly polluting coal in residential heating and industrial uses, according to data from the former Ministry of Environmental Protection, now called the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
As General Secretary of the CPC, Xi Jinping has spent the last year preparing the Party for the challenges to come, as An Baijie reports.
From October to January, all 28 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, also known as Jing-Jin-Ji, and surrounding areas saw winter air quality improve. For example, Shijiazhuang in Hebei province saw a decrease of 52.4 percent. Jining in neighboring Shandong province saw the smallest decrease, 8.4 percent, according to the ministry.
Trump later clarified the talks by saying: "Let's leave it a little bit short of the highest level."