Donald Trump backs One China policy in call with Xi Jinping

The White House called the phone discussion "extremely cordial," saying the leaders "look forward to furthering talks with very successful outcomes."

Donald Trump backs One China policy in call with Xi Jinping

The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump in a telephonic conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said he would respect the "One China" policy.

In their first conversation since the US leader came to power, the White House said, President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our 'One China' policy. The two leaders had "extended invitations to meet in their respective countries, the White House said in a statement.


According to media report, Chinese President Xi embraced the announcement on the highly sensitive issue which had cast a pall over relations after Mr. Trump suggested it was up for negotiation.

"Xi Jinping appreciates Trump’s emphasis on the American government’s commitment to the One China policy and pointed out that the One China principle is the political foundation of US-China relations," official broadcaster CCTV reported.

The phone discussion came on the eve of Trump's meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The White House has called the phone discussion "extremely cordial," saying the leaders "look forward to further talks with very successful outcomes."

Trump said in the missive that he looked forward to developing "a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China," his spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement Wednesday.

According to the One China policy, there is only one state called China and the government that rules the mainland is the only legitimate government of the country.