Beijing has not been kind to US President-elect Donald Trump’s views on the ‘One China Policy.’ In fact, the country has promised to mercilessly combat the president-elect if he continued to support Taiwan. Beijing also assured through messages in state media to “take its gloves off” if he used Taiwan and One China policy as a bargaining chip.
China’s leading newspapers China Daily and Global Times slammed the President-elect after his recent Wall Street Journal interview. One of them said that as far as China was concerned, everything was about the One China Policy. The publication continued that Taiwan is Chinese territory and Trump’s disregard to the policy may open Pandora’s box of “lethal potential.”
An article in Reuters informs that China Daily even added that “a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable.” It said that this will happen if Trump continued on his current position on the issue after assuming office. “It may be costly. But it will prove a worthy price to pay to make the next U.S. president aware of the special sensitivity, and serious consequences of his Taiwan game,” added the paper.
China’s message comes on the heels of the statement issued by Lu Kang, spokesman of China’s foreign ministry. An article in News.com.au states that Kang’s statement clarified that there is only one China in the world. It added that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. It requested officials to recognize that One China policy and Taiwan were highly sensitive issues for the country, states an article in RT News. Hence, its foreign Ministry, hoped that US would approach those and the commitment made by previous US administrations with prudence and honor.
— Voice of Viet Nam (@VoiceofVietnam) January 7, 2017
Everything is under negotiation
Trump and China have locked horns time and again over a range of issues. These include China’s activities in South China sea. It also includes Trump’s accusations that the country was manipulating its currency. More recently the countries have been in news over the One China policy. Trump has maintained that China’s currency manipulations put American companies in a disadvantaged position. His nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson likened China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea to Russia taking over Crimea.
However, it was Trump’s telephonic conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen that annoyed Beijing. Trump took the congratulatory call made by Taiwan’s President, breaking away from decades of protocols and policies. His Wall Street Journal interview was the last straw. He revealed that the One China policy was up for negotiation in course of the interview. He also added that he would refuse to not acknowledge Taiwan on a diplomatic level unless China towed the line when it came to trade and currency issues.
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