President Trump agreed to maintain America's long-standing 'One China policy' during a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially mitigating concerns about a major shift in Washington's relations with Beijing.
The White House and CCTV, China's state broadcaster, said President Trump and Presiden Xi spoke on the phone Thursday evening.
The White House said they spoke about numerous topics and that Trump agreed at Xi's request to honor the 'One China policy' that requires Washington to maintain only unofficial ties with China's rival Taiwan. The call was described by the White House as 'extremely cordial' and that the two presidents had invited each other to visit.
In the past, President Trump has criticized Beijing for unfair trade practices, their military buildup in the South China Sea and accused Beijing of doing too little to pressure North Korea.
Trump agrees to Honor one China Policy— Trouble Tara 🎼 (@SoNotThePoint_) February 10, 2017
Cuz he's pretty sure there's not Two China's.
Here's how some felt regarding President Trump honoring the 'One China Policy.'
Bad news for Tibet and Taiwan! US President Donald Trump speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping, says will honour 'one China' policy— Nita Bhalla (@nitabhalla) February 10, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.