Trump established 'clear sense of mutual respect' with China's Xi: statement
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping established a "clear sense of mutual respect" in a telephone call on Sunday night, Trump's presidential transition office said early on Monday.

In a statement, the office said Trump thanked Xi for his congratulations after winning Tuesday's presidential election over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward," it said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)