The White House has announced that President Donald Trump agreed to honor America’s “One China” policy in a phone call with President Xi Jinping.
The “One China” policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement that there is only one Chinese government.
Donald Trump had placed the long-standing policy in doubt when he had a phone call with Taiwan’s president.
Under the “One China” policy, the US recognizes and has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day.
The White House said the two presidents discussed a wide range of issues during a lengthy call on February 9.
A statement described the call as “extremely cordial” and said the two leaders had invited each other to visit.
The call followed a letter sent by Donald Trump to Xi Jinping on February 9 – the president’s first direct approach to the Chinese leader.
Donald Trump baited China throughout his campaign, accusing it of unfair trade practices and threatening to challenge its military build up in the South China Sea.
Beijing responded cautiously, expressing “serious concern” about Donald Trump’s position on the One China policy and urging the US to maintain close ties with China.