Trump Says He Had A 'Very, Very Warm Conversation' With Chinese President

Trevor Jackson
February 11, 2017

Months of tensions that have been building between the United States and China are subsiding after the exchange of a landmark phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone on Thursday evening for the first time since Trump's January 20 inauguration, marking a significant de-escalation in the White House's aggressive posture towards the world's second-largest economy.

"Xi Jinping appreciates Trump's emphasis on the American government's commitment to the One China policy and pointed out that the One China principle is the political foundation of US-China relations", the official broadcaster CCTV reported.

Under the one-China policy, Washington has diplomatic ties with mainland China and does not recognise Taiwan as a country, while maintaining good relations.

"Representatives of the United States and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest", the statement said.

Trump has since received calls from numerous world leaders, and he hosted U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, but China had remained silent until Thursday.

In 1980, then presidential candidate Ronald Reaganvowed to support diplomatic ties to Taiwan, but "one China" continued under his presidency.

Trump sent a letter to Xi to wish him and the people of China a happy Lantern Festival.

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Chinese state broadcaster CCTV ran comments from Mr Xi in which he said "extremely complicated global situation and rising challenges" meant there was a greater need for enhanced cooperation between China and the US.

"That is the last thing China wants", a source close to the issue told Reuters reporters, "It would be incredibly embarrassing for President Xi and for Chinese people, who value the concept of face".

Since that phone call, Trump has questioned the policy, saying on USA television that he did not know why the USA had to abide by it, "unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade".

Just after winning the November election, Trump provoked Beijing's ire by accepting a congratulatory call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen.

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In a statement by China's Foreign Ministry, Xi said China appreciated Trump's upholding of the policy.

The call came on the eve of a US summit with one of China's key rivals.

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