Thur, Feb. 9, 2017: Trump calls Chinese president, says U.S. will honor ‘One China’ policy

President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since taking over the White House late Thursday, agreeing to honor America’s long-standing “One China” policy.

The White House, which described the conversation as “extremely cordial,” said Trump will honor Xi’s request that requires the U.S. to maintain unofficial ties with Taiwan, China’s rival. The White House also added that both Trump and Xi extended invitations to meet in their respective countries and looked forward to future conversations.

The phone call may alleviate concerns that Washington is intent on shifting its relationship with Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory.

–USA Today, Charles Ventura¬†