President Donald Trump affirmed the U.S.’s commitment to the “One China” policy on a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. According to a release from the White House, the two leaders had an “extremely cordial” conversation that covered a number of topics and their representatives will continue to meet to discuss their nations mutual interests.
The call is a shift for the Trump administration that had earlier stated it may use the status of Taiwan as a bargaining chip for negotiations with China. In particular, President Trump has accused China of manipulating its currency valuation, inordinately taxing U.S. imports into China, and destabilizing the region with its increased military presence in the South China Sea.
Relations between the two countries were strained shortly after Trump’s election victory when he spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December. Last month, Jinping spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos stating China’s commitment to the global market and that “No one will emerge the winner in a trade war.” With each nation heavily dependent on the other economically, the call was seen as an attempt to assuage the Chinese.
With relations between the United States and China returning to the status quo, the two nations can resume discussions affecting each including trade, climate change, and each country’s role in east Asia.