Trump Told The Chinese President He'd Honor The 'One China' Policy

US President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart during a phone call on Friday that he would work toward a constructive China-US relationship and that he would honor the existing One-China Policy that has shaped tied between the two countries.

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

China also said that it attached great importance to China-U.S. ties. Beijing considers Taiwan, where Chinese nationalists fled to the island and established a government after losing the civil war in 1949, a "renegade province". Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China "highly commended" Trump for the letter to Xi.

He then went on record and said everything was negotiable regarding China, including the One China policy.

The White House described the Thursday call as "lengthy" and "extremely cordial", and said both men had extended invites to visit their respective countries, The Hill magazine reported. That would upend decades of official foreign policy that recognizes Taiwan as part of China, the one-China policy.

"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", it said. The nationalistic tabloid the Global Times went one step further, threatening that if the "naive" Trump pulls back from the "one China" policy, then Beijing could "offer support, even military assistance to U.S. foes".

The U.S. Pacific Command said Friday that there had been an incident of "unsafe interaction" between a Chinese early warning airplane and a U.S. Navy patrol aircraft in global airspace above the South China Sea Wednesday.

According to the statement, Xi expressed that he believed the United States and China were cooperative partners and through joint efforts they could push bilateral relations to a historic new high.

Trump angered Beijing in December by talking to the president of self-ruled Taiwan and saying the United States did not necessarily have to stick to the policy, questioning a position held for almost four decades.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly attacked Beijing for "stealing" American jobs and has threatened to slap it with massive tariffs.

  • Leroy Wright