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Trump agrees to honor 'one China' policy in 'extremely cordial' phone call with Xi: White House

All Headlines 01:13 February 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump had an "extremely cordial" phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping and agreed to honor the "one China" policy of diplomatically recognizing only Beijing, not Taiwan, the White House said.

The call on Thursday was the first between the two leaders not only since Trump's inauguration, but also since his November election, and could signal a warming of relations that have become tense with Trump's repeated criticism of Beijing over trade, North Korea and other issues.

In the "lengthy" conversation, the two leaders "discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our 'one China' policy," the White House said in a statement issued late Thursday night.

"Representatives of the United States and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest. The phone call between President Trump and President Xi was extremely cordial, and both leaders extended best wishes to the people of each other's countries," the White House said.

"They also extended invitations to meet in their respective countries. President Trump and President Xi look forward to further talks with very successful outcomes," it said.

Trump has repeatedly accused Beijing of unfair trade and currency practices hurting American businesses, and slammed the country for failing to exercise enough pressure on North Korea to rein in the provocative regime.

He has even raised questions why the U.S. should stick to the "one-China" policy of diplomatically recognizing only Beijing, not Taiwan, and spoke by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the first time in decades that a U.S. president or president-elect has done so, in a breach of the decadeslong diplomatic tradition.

Trump agrees to honor 'one China' policy in 'extremely cordial' phone call with Xi: White House - 1

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