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February 12, 2017
Trump backs 'One China' policy in call with Xi
Washington (AFP) Feb 10, 2017
President Donald Trump reaffirmed Washington's "One China" policy in what he said Friday was a "very warm" conversation with Xi Jinping, in an apparent effort to ease tensions after angering Beijing by questioning a major plank of Sino-US relations. "We had a very, very good talk last night, and discussed a lot of subjects. It was a long talk," Trump told a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side. During the phone call, the new Republican president pledged to ... read more

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