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China rethinks plan to skip G-20 foreign ministers meeting

Trump's 'one China' declaration apparently led to Beijing's change of heart

SHUHEI YAMADA, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- China is preparing to send its top diplomat to the gathering of Group of 20 foreign ministers starting Thursday, after previously signaling plans to exclude him from the two-day summit.

The reversal follows Friday's telephone call during which U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would honor the "one China" policy. Prior to his inauguration, Trump angered Beijing by questioning the policy, which regards mainland China and Taiwan as part of one China and has been a cornerstone of U.S.-China relations.

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