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US President Donald Trump has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the White House will respect the “One China” policy, in a move that will ease tensions between the powers, according to someone familiar with the call.

In his first conversation with the Chinese leader since entering the Oval Office, Mr Trump said he would abide by the diplomatic formula that Beijing and Taipei agreed in 1992.

Mr Trump had angered China in December by speaking to Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese prime minister, in what was the first conservation between a US president or president-elect and a Taiwanese leader since Washington and Beijing established diplomatic relations in 1979.

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