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Will honour 'one China' policy: Donald Trump to Xi Jinping over 'extremely cordial' phone call

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:36 IST

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over phone on 10 February evening for the first time since he took office.

The two leaders discussed "numerous topics" during the phone call and Trump committed to honoring the "One China" policy at Xi's request, reported the CNN.

The call was described as "extremely cordial," and the readout released by the White House said "representatives of the United States and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest."

The two leaders also extended invitations to meet in their respective countries.

Since his election in November, President Trump has challenged Beijing over several issues and, most controversially, upended decades of diplomatic protocol by questioning the longstanding US policy towards Taiwan.

Trump, in past, had accused Beijing of unfair trade practices. He has also criticized China's military buildup in the South China Sea.

China views Taiwan as a renegade province and, since 1979, the U.S. has acknowledged Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of China, with US-China relations governed by the set of protocols known as the "One China" policy.

However, prior to taking office, Trump had received a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen, a move that angered China.

- With ANI inputs

First published: 10 February 2017, 12:41 IST