Trump flip-flops, agrees to honour 'one China' policy

Trump flip-flops, agrees to honour 'one China' policy

Xi said he greatly appreciated Trump's willingness to expand China-US cooperation and develop a constructive bilateral relationship that will benefit the two countries and the worldwide community.

A White House statement said Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a lengthy phone conversation on Thursday night Washington time.

Trump and Xi look forward to additional talks with "very successful outcomes" following the "extremely cordial" call, the White House said. In an interview with Fox News in December, Trump said he didn't feel "bound by a one China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade". That same year, the USA established the Taiwan Relations Act, which sought "to preserve and promote extensive, close, and friendly commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the United States and the people on Taiwan".

China wants cooperation with the U.S. on trade, investment, technology, energy and infrastructure, as well as strengthening coordination on worldwide matters to jointly protect global peace and stability, Xi said. After Trump thumped his chest a bit, talking openly about his skepticism of One China, Beijing started ignoring the White House.

Trump, Spicer insisted, wants to have a fruitful and constructive relationship with China.

"I believe that, that will all work out very well for everybody, China, Japan, the U.S. and everybody in the region", he said.

Under the "one China" policy, the US agrees to recognize the Chinese government as the official authority over its jurisdiction, rather than also acknowledging the leaders of the island of Taiwan.

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Earlier this month, Lu called on the U.S.to avoid discussion on a Chinese-Japanese dispute over a group of islands and reasserted China's claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islands, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu.

Xi appreciated Trump's affirmation of One China policy, Chinese State media reported.

They also include assurances that the USA will not revise the Taiwan Relations Act, will not pressure Taiwan to enter into negotiations with China and will not formally recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan. But the US isn't necessarily "bound" by it; it's more like the USA has agreed not to meddle.

However, polls show U.S. The Chinese, on the other hand, referred to "the" one-China policy, which is the Chinese definition of the policy.

The law does not recognize Tsai as a head of state, however, and China was infuriated at what it saw as a breach of protocol in Trump's acceptance of her call.

The Xi-Trump phone call appears to have re-established a status quo regarding Taiwan.

Speculation has simmered in China about how Trump might back up his tough talk, with observers noting that since his January 20 inauguration, Trump has spoken to more than a dozen foreign leaders but not Xi. Last week, the Washington Post published details regarding an acrimonious phone call between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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