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Despite harsh rhetoric, Trump re-affirms 'one-China' policy with President Xi

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A copy of the local Chinese magazine Global People with a cover story that translates to "Why did Trump win" is seen with a front cover portrait of US president-elect Donald Trump. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump spent his campaign talking tough on U.S.-China relations...and he signaled in the early days after his election he may reverse course on longstanding policy recognizing Beijing's authority in the region.

But the Wall Street Journal reports it was about five minutes into a phone call with President Xi Jingping Thursday night when President Trump agreed to honor the "one-China" policy, and continue suspending diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Here to talk about his apparent reversal of course is Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California Irvine, and Shelley Rigger, professor of East Asian politics at Davidson College.

Guests:

Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history at University of California, Irvine

Shelley Rigger, professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College. She’s the author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse

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