Trump "honors" One China policy in phone call with Chinese leader

Later, the then president-elect doubled-down by stating that the "one China" policy was up for negotiation, seeming to forecast his intentions to use the policy as a bargaining chip to make a better deal with China over economic issues.

Mr Wilder added: "By reasserting the commitment to the one China policy, President Trump opens the ground for a constructive dialogue with Beijing on the hard but resolvable issues of rebalancing the trading relationship that has tilted in Beijing's favour".

The president reportedly angered the Chinese government by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen after winning the presidential election.

"President Trump stated that he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China", the statement said .

In a move that is likely to warm-up ties between the two countries, United States president Donald Trump has agreed to honour Beijing's One China Policy.

A White House statement said Mr. Trump and President Xi spoke at length on the phone on Thursday night.

Pacific Command spokesman Robert Shuford said Friday that the "interaction" between a Chinese KJ-200 early warning aircraft and a U.S. Navy P-3C plane took place on Wednesday in worldwide airspace.

"I don't want China dictating to me", Trump stressed to Fox News. That was a dramatic - and welcome, to many - change in posture after Trump accepted a call from the president of Taiwan in early December. The call was the first by a United States president-elect or president since Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979.

Commenting on the matter, Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), a legislator and director of the DPP's International Affairs Department, said it is crucial to note that Washington's "one China" policy is not the same as Beijing's "one China principle".

Analysts, however, raised questions on the fact that Trump has not held a conversation with Xi since his inauguration, despite finding time to speak to at least 18 world leaders.

Marking a major shift in his policy, US President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart that he will honour the "One China Policy" that requires the US administration to maintain only unofficial relations with Taiwan - officially the Republic of China.

  • Carolyn Briggs