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China buoyant after Trump endorses one-China policy

China buoyant after Trump endorses one-China policy China buoyant after Trump endorses one-China policy
Theresa Hayes | 11 February, 2017, 01:40

Women walk past a news stand displaying a Chinese news magazine fronting a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

The White House says that the US President Donald Trump has written to Chinese President Xi Jinping to wish the "Chinese people a happy Lantern Festival and prosperous Year of the Rooster".

Separately, a commentary by state-run Xinhua news agency on Friday described Mr. Trump's backing of the one-China policy as "commendable" for it showed that "the new US leader now has a clear picture of the political bedrock of probably the world's most important bilateral ties".

The two leaders also invited each other to visit their respective countries. "Trump's China policy hasn't taken a clear shape yet, although all the signs so far point to a combative approach". No U.S. president or president-elect is believed to have spoken directly with a Taiwanese leader since the U.S. recognized the mainland government and cut ties with Taiwan in 1979.

In addition to Taiwan, Trump also ruffled feathers in China by threatening trade sanctions and accusing the communist country of manipulating its currency.

"Stung by an earlier, and unorthodox, telephone call between Mr. Trump and the president of Taiwan, Mr. Xi had not spoken to the American leader since November 14, the week after he was elected.Relations between Washington and Beijing had been frozen since December".

Trump previously suggested acceptance of the "one China" policy could be part of an agreement on issues such as trade.

Trump's affirmation of the "One China" policy would place him in line with USA presidents going back to Jimmy Carter.

Mr Trump and Mr Xi have yet to speak directly since Mr Trump took office on Jan 20, although they did talk soon after Mr Trump won the United States presidential election in November.

Trump angered Beijing in December by talking to the president of self-ruled Taiwan and saying the United States did not necessarily have to stick to the policy, questioning a position held for almost four decades.

The call was preceded by a letter from Trump, who thanked Xi for his congratulations on Trump winning the presidency and spoke of developing "constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China". "Both sides absolutely can become very good cooperative partners".

Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for global peace, told Xinhua that the call "was very important to provide a foundation of stability in the U.S".

Washington and Beijing's ties were on a downward spiral after the former allowed Taiwan's leader to meet a republican senator and governor of Texas.