China’s Foreign Ministry pushed back against President-elect Trump’s statements that “everything is under negotiation, including One China” and that the policy is a “political foundation” for the relationship between the U.S. and China.
The Hill reports that the ‘One China’ policy was adopted in 1979 when the U.S. “restored diplomatic relations with China and announced that it would no longer recognize the government of Taiwan.”
Trump remarked during his campaign that China was reportedly manipulating currency and negatively impacting American business interests. He told reporters he would meet with Chinese leaders, but also said, “Certainly, they are manipulators.”
The president-elect also stirred up trouble with China’s foreign ministry, which filed a formal complaint after Trump accepted a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December. The ministry stated that this defied diplomatic protocol after there had been no formal relations between the U.S. and the province.
Trump insisted it was a call to congratulate him on his victory. He later tweeted, “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”
Chinese Spokesman Lu Kang said, “The ‘One China’ principle is the political foundation of Sino-U.S. relations and it is non-negotiable. We urge the relevant side in the U.S. to recognize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by the pledges by successive U.S. administrations from both parties.”
In response to Trump’s statement about ‘One China’ being “negotiable,” Kang told The Wall Street Journal reporters, “The pledges include adopting the ‘One China’ policy, adhering to the principles in the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and properly handling the Taiwan issue.” He added, “Only doing so would prevent the healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. relations as well as bilateral cooperation in major areas from being affected.”
Kang concluded his statement with, “There is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory and the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China. These are facts recognized by the international community and no one can change this.”
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