Published On:January 16, 2017, 1:22 pm
On Sunday, China’s Foreign Ministry firmly stated that ‘One China’ policy is “non-negotiable” post President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that this policy on Taiwan is pretty much negotiable, and called it the “political foundation” of the relationship between China and the US.
China considers Taiwan as a recreant province and ever since 1979, the United States has noticed Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is a part of China, with US-China bonding governed by a set of protocols termed as the ‘One China’ Policy.
The spokesperson of China Foreign Ministry, Lu Kang ingeminated in a statement that the “government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China.”
He further added, "The 'One China' principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations and it is non-negotiable. We urge the relevant side in the US to recognize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by the pledges by successive US administrations from both parties."
Also, Lu mentioned that, "That is the fact acknowledged by the international community and no one can change.” Moreover, since 1979, Washington has always maintained only official affiliations with Taiwan, which is the self-governing island that Beijing believes to be its territory. The existing state of affairs which Trump has time and again threatened to turn over since his victory in the November election.
Lu said whatever he had to as a response to a question pertaining to Trump’s remarks in The Wall Street Journal on Friday wherein he said, "Everything is under negotiation, including 'One China.' "
China had already perturbed over Trump’s call with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, and the first time an American president or president-elect had openly spoken to Taiwan’s leader in approximately four decades.
Lu said, "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."
The officials from China significantly tinted the international community’s point of view on the issue in a statement. Also, last month, the foreign ministry of China lodged a complaint with the United States post a phone call between Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Trump upturned decades of diplomatic protocol, owing to the absence of formal diplomatic relations between the US and the province.
During that time, Trump stated that he was purely accepting a laudatory call from the Taiwan leader, tweeting, "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."
In a television interview he also stated that he did not feel, "bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."
During his election campaign, Trump kept attacking China and continued to express a negative overview on his twitter account over its military build-up in areas of dispute of the South China Sea, accusing of manipulation of currency to put American companies at a disadvantage, and also not doing much to control the nuclear program of North Korea.
Trump announced in a statement that a novel White House trade council will be led by Peter Navarro – the economist, a sharp critic of Chinese economic policy who wrote a book with a title ‘Death By China’.
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