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AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files

The governments of China and Taiwan each claim to be the legitimate rulers of the entirety of China - well, most of the time. In 1949, China split between the mainland, ruled by Communists, and Taiwan, ruled by Nationalists. In 1992, the two agreed that there was one China. In practice, that's meant China leaves Taiwan alone, while Taiwan doesn't try to declare formal independence.

The current ruling party in Taiwan, the DPP, wants to declare independence. That means they won't always abide by the One-China niceties.

For the U.S. government, that requires being careful about things like taking phone calls from the head of state in Taiwan (especially when the DPP is in power). As the NYT detailed in a roundtable of experts, Trump's phone call has serious repercussions for keeping the status quo in the region.

WHY THIS MATTERS:

Trump used China as a punching bag during the campaign, saying they're stealing our jobs and tanking our economy. But as Obama said in his last press conference, the Chinese respond very differently when it comes to the subject of Taiwan. Trump will need to tread carefully.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

Why it matters: The pledge, if maintained, would mark a breakthrough in efforts to transition global power away from the most carbon-emitting fuel.

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The road to COP26 gets slightly easier

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The bad diplomatic vibes heading into the critical United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, might be improving slightly.

Catch up fast: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to end overseas finance for building new coal-fired power plants and boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

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Universities force choices on COVID vaccine mixing

On Monday, the Biden administration said it would lift travel restrictions starting in November, for travelers from 33 countries who are fully vaccinated. That means that the U.S. will let in people who have received vaccines that aren’t yet authorized here in the U.S. by the FDA, like the AstraZeneca vaccine. But for international students who are coming here to study, that may not be the case.

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Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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