Yeah. I wonder if President Xi Jinping said something to him that made him change his mind.
We know that the Trump administration has been releasing censored versions of his telephone conversations with foreign leaders (this is allowed, but just because something is allowed doesn't make it right). We know this because full transcripts have been leaked and confirmed by the other governments. So we know that whatever was said on the call probably won't be released by the US government.
So if he recognizes the One China policy, it means China will be more willing to negotiate with us.
This semester I'm taking a class on international diplomacy and conflict resolution. It's taught by a former UN diplomat. So what I'm learning is pretty strictly pro-UN, and most of our assignments have been actual UN documents and international treaties. But what I'm learning is that negotiations only work when both parties have leverage. (Which is a pretty duh kind of statement, but as I have just learned a lot of research and data collection went into confirming it). Right now, China has more leverage than us in a lot of ways. So negotiations won't be easy to begin with. And I don't trust the Trump administration to do a good job.
So I think this decision makes it a little less likely that China will take actions against us in the near future, but I'm not putting much faith in that hope. The people involved, both in the US government and the Chinese government, are too impulsive and reckless.
Edit: I also want to share this story. It's really hard to read, but it's important. This is a really well researched version of the first military operation Trump approved, that resulted in numerous civilian deaths and the death of an 8-year-old American citizen, as well as costing the life of an American Marine. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is a really great group that does a lot of reporting from war zones and this is pretty much the only story around that's using the Yemeni villagers as sources. The lesson I took from this story was, once again, that traditional methods of military engagement are not appropriate for dealing with conflicts when enemy combatants are so thoroughly embedded in these small communities. It will be impossible to resolve the conflict without cooperation from villagers, and villagers will never cooperate with people who kill them indiscriminately. https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2 ... aid-yemen/