One China Policy Is Not Negotiable, Warns Beijing to US

Camille Francis
January 17, 2017

Mr Trump has threatened to get tough with what he sees as unfair Chinese trade practices and, in his interview with The Wall Street Journal, suggested the one-China policy could become a bargaining chip.

'That is the fact acknowledged by the global community and no one can change'.

The government of the Peoples Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China, "which is an internationally recognised fact and no one can change it", Lu said. "These are facts recognized by the worldwide community and no one can change this".

The editorial also added that China's threatened actions to Trump may be "costly.but it will prove a worthy price to pay to make the next US president aware of the.serious consequences of his Taiwan game".

He made similar comments last month when he defended his decision to take a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2-the first contact between top American and Taiwanese leaders since 1979. -China relations as Trump faces a rising power increasingly willing to challenge US military and economic dominance.

In a strongly-worded rant, the China Daily warned China needed to be ready itself for a "costly" battle with Mr Trump takes to the White House on January 20.

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai cautioned certain American nationals against making irresponsible remarks on the South China Sea issue, while expressing hope to have closer communication and cooperation with the new USA administration.

His statement came after Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview earlier this week: "Everything is under negotiation including one China".

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Beijing reacted furiously when Trump took a phone call from Tsai congratulating him on his election victory.

The new USA government would send China a clear signal that "first the island building stops, and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed", he was reported to have said.

"Everything is under negotiation including one China", he replied.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as she awaits Trump's inauguration, is stressing that the world's problems must be addressed cooperatively rather than by each country individually. "Now, we look forward to even closer cooperation and communication with the new administration in a few days time", Cui said.

But analysts say confronting Beijing over hot-button nationalist issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea could trigger strong reactions, especially in a year when President Xi Jinping is seeking to further consolidate power at a congress of the ruling Communist Party held every five years.

I refer to the commentary "Trump must mind the traps on China" (Jan 11) and the reports "Trump's choice on trade could put China in a hard spot" and "In fresh salvo, Trump's Pentagon choice accuses Beijing of hurting global stability" (Jan 13).

China claims virtually all of the South China Sea, despite competing claims by countries including the Philippines and Vietnam.

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