Trump’s Late Night Call: Addressing ‘One China’ With Leader

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation on Thursday night for the first time since Trump was inaugurated.

The two leaders discussed multiple “topics,” according to the White House.

One of these subjects was Trump mentioning his intention to honor the “One China” policy, at Xi’s request.

Since November, Trump has challenged China on its decades-long policy with Taiwan. Since 1979, China has viewed Taiwan as a breakaway province that still falls under the reign of its domain.

The U.S. has, historically, obliged by and respected China’s imposed One China policy.

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Paul Haenle, the director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center based in Beijing, who served under Presidents Bush and Obama, released the following statement following Trump and Xi’s phone conversation:
“Trump played with the notion of using this arrangement as leverage, but I think he was convinced — I suspect by the new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — that this is not where the U.S. administration can get leverage.”
This upcoming weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to visit Washington. He will be the first, major Asian leader to do so since Trump acquired the Oval Office.

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