China foreign minister says ready to improve US relations

China is ready to improve relations with the United States following the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.

"We want to improve our relations under the Trump administration," Wang said through a translator at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, where he was on an official visit.

"We are ready to improve US ties through mutual understanding."

Trump has taken a tough stance on China in the run-up to the election, saying that unfair trade deals with Beijing had caused a widespread decline in American manufacturing and economic prowess.