US President Trump promises Xi Jinping to honour 'One China' policy

US President Donald Trump agreeing to "One China Policy" signals that he is learning about his role in the realm of Sino-US ties and does not want to be a disruptor, a Chinese newspaper has said.

Following the telephone conversation, a statement by the spokesman for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stated that it was in Taiwan's interest to maintain good relations with both the US and China.

In response, China warned that the "one China" policy was absolutely "non-negotiable" and any change in the status quo could "badly affect" US-China relations.

"President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our "one China" policy," the White House statement said, following a lengthy conversation between Trump and Xi.

Bilateral trade and investment have supported some 2.6 million jobs in the United States across a range of industries, while Chinese manufactured products have also helped lower costs for US consumers, said the council in a recent report.

Xi hailed Trump's assurance and said the policy forms the political bedrock for the China-US relationship. In a separate statement read out on Chinese state television, Xi said China appreciated Trump's upholding of the "One China" policy.

"The development of China and the United States absolutely can complement each other and advance together".

He said "both sides will maintain close contact at working level [in preparation] for the interaction between the two countries' senior leadership".

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.

In Beijing, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, reacting to Trump's letter, praised it.

On Tuesday some of the world's leading China specialists warned that already "precarious" ties between Beijing and Washington could be plunged into a risky new era, partly as a result of Trump's rise to power.

The president thanked Mr Xi for his "congratulatory letter" on his inauguration, and said he looked forward to "constructive" relations.

Trump's insurgent campaign for the White House included frequently lashing out at China, which he accused of currency manipulation and stealing American jobs.

The White House has previously admitted that they will refer to any news critical of the President as "fake".

Taiwan is officially called "the Republic of China" and held China's seat at the United Nations until 1971, when the People's Republic of China took it over through a resolution.

Beijing responded by declaring the policy "non-negotiable".

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  • Leroy Wright