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Contrary to claims, Trump has shown diplomatic wisdom

By Chen Weihua | China Daily | Updated: 2017-02-17 07:48

US President Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for stating in a "lengthy" and "extremely cordial" phone talk with President Xi Jinping last week that he would honor the one-China policy. He was mocked and criticized for "backing away from a fight" and "blinking first".

His critics seem anxious to stir up trouble between the world's two largest economies.

What Trump did is simply correcting a mistake he made in the past few months, when he spoke on the phone with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen in early December, when he told Fox News a few days later that "I don't know why we have to be bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things" and when he told the Wall Street Journal in January that "everything is under negotiation, including 'One China'".

Contrary to claims, Trump has shown diplomatic wisdom

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