China has warned that it’s “seriously concerned” after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of “one China.”
“ONE CHINA” TRUMP AS IGNORANT AS A CHILD – CHINA
Trump has signaled a willingness to confront Beijing, and his latest comments in an interview with Fox News suggested that he won’t hesitate to anger China until the country comes to the bargaining table on trade and North Korea.
China’s response was measured but clear: co-operation with the US “would be out of the question” if Trump doesn’t adhere to the ‘one China’ policy — a cornerstone of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in the 1970s.
“I want to stress that the Taiwan question has a bearing on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
“Adhering to the ‘one China’ principle is the political bedrock for the development US-China relations. If it is comprised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields would be out of question.”
The language used by the Global Times newspaper, a provocative but state-sanctioned tabloid, went much further in its criticism of Trump.
In a Monday editorial, the Global Times said of Trump: “He is ignorant as a child in terms of foreign policy,” and the editorial ruled out negotiations on the “one China” issue.
“The ‘one China’ policy cannot be bought and sold, Trump, it seems, only understands business and believes that everything has a price and that if he is strong enough he can buy and sell by force,” it said.
The editorial warned that Trump, because of his “lack of hands on experience,” was liable to be influenced and controlled by hardliners near him.
It added that if Trump ditched the “one China” policy, it would spark “a real crisis.”
The Communist government in Beijing views Taiwan as a “renegade province,” since Chinese nationalists fled there and established a government after losing the civil war in 1949.
Both governments — officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) — claim to be the legitimate ruler of all of China, but the ROC effectively controls only Taiwan and a few other small islands.