Trump supports "One China" policy in call with Xi

Trump supports "One China" policy in call with XiThe U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to honour the so-called "One China" policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, BBC said on Friday, citing the White House.

The "One China" policy is the diplomatic acknowledgment that there is only one Chinese government.

Trump had placed the long-standing policy in doubt when he spoke with Taiwan's president in December. The move was a major break from traditional protocol and provoked an official complaint from China.

The telephone conversation was the first between the two since Trump took office on 20 January, though the new U.S. president has called several other national leaders.

The White House said a wide range of issues were discussed during the call, which it characterised as "extremely cordial".

The two leaders had invited each other to visit, it said, and looked forward to further talks.

A statement from Beijing said China appreciated Trump's acknowledgment of the "One China" policy.

The two nations were "co-operative partners, and through joint efforts we can push bilateral relations to a historic new high", it quoted Xi as saying.

The telephone call followed a letter sent by Trump to Xi on Thursday - the president's first direct approach to the Chinese leader.

Trump caused serious concern in Beijing when he accepted a telephone call from Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen. Though the U.S. is Taiwan's main military ally, no U.S. president or president-elect had spoken directly to a Taiwanese leader for decades.

Under the "One China" policy, the U.S. recognises and has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day.

Trump then appeared to suggest that U.S. policy could shift, saying: "I don't know why we have to be bound by a "One China" policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."
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