Published: Sat, February 11, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Will honour One China Policy: Donald Trump dials Chinese President Xi Jingping

Will honour One China Policy: Donald Trump dials Chinese President Xi Jingping

According to the Financial Times, which was the first to report on the call, Trump told Xi that the United States would respect its long-standing "One China" policy (distinct from China's own "One China" principle).

President Donald Trump has now agreed to honor the "one China" policy that insists Taiwan is a part of China, backing down from his post-election skepticism of the diplomatic protocol.

Representatives of the U.S. and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest, the White House said.

The statement also described the call between two as cordial as both the leaders exchanged best wishes.

"The failing [New York Times] does major FAKE NEWS China story saying "Mr Xi has not spoken to Trump since Nov 14", he tweeted the next morning, misquoting the third paragraph of the story about the Thursday call.

"China attaches great importance to developing the relationship with the United States", said Lu.

Close to wrapping up his third week in office, President Donald Trump has finally reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping with a letter.

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The US switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, but is also Taiwan's biggest ally and arms supplier and is bound by legislation to help the island defend itself.

Under that policy, China doesn't recognize Taiwan as an independent nation.

"We highly commend President Trump for expressing festive greetings to President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people", Lu said, adding "cooperation is the only right choice for the two countries".

The Xi-Trump talk came amid rising concerns that the China-U.S. ties could be headed toward renewed tensions due to their frictions on issues such as Taiwan, trade, currency and maritime disputes.

China wants cooperation with the United States on trade, investment, technology, energy and infrastructure, as well as strengthening coordination on worldwide matters to jointly protect global peace and stability, Xi said.

Trump and his aides threw this policy into question in December, when the then-president-elect had a phone conversation with the democratically elected Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

"It is known to all that since President Trump took office, China and the USA have been in close contact", Lu added, dismissing criticism that the president's letter was late. China views any hint of official USA recognition of the island as anathema to China's revival as a great Asian power.

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