>> Two exclusive Reuters interviews, two totally different signals on Taiwan. US President Donald Trump on Thursday saying, I don't think so, when asked if he was ready to take another phone call from Taipei. His comments coming just a day after Taiwan's president said she'd be happy for another chat.
> We are of course looking forward to the opportunity to communicate more directly with the US government, during important moments and regarding key issues. We also don't exclude the opportunity to call President Trump himself.>> President Tsai Ing-wen had rung up Trump shortly after he won the White House.
The first such call in decades and one that angered Beijing. Now, Trump is saying that when it comes to diplomacy, it's China first.>> Well, my problem is that I've established a very good, personal relationship with President Xi. And I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation.
So I wouldn't wanna be causing difficulty right now for him.>> That big situation is North Korea. Trump referring to signs that Beijing is making an extra effort, to head off more missile or nuclear tests by Pyongyang. Trump's tone on China has softened, ever since hosting President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort earlier this month.
>> He's a friend of mine. I think he's doing an amazing job as a leader, and I wouldn't wanna do anything that comes in the way of that. So I would certainly wanna speak to him first.>> Taiwan is a democratic self-ruled island. But Beijing says it's part of China and will be returned one day by force, if necessary.
It's one of the most sensitive issues between Washington and Beijing. But judging from Trump's comments, it seems that for now, China can rest easy on the matter.>> It's a great honor to have.