Trump’s comments regarding Taiwan triggers scandal with China

Trump’s comments regarding Taiwan triggers scandal with China
# 12 December 2016 08:53 (UTC +04:00)

President-elect Donald Trump again signaled Sunday a willingness to confront Beijing, questioning whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China”, CNN reported.

"I fully understand the 'one China' policy, but I don't know why we have to be bound by a 'one China' policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade," Trump said on "Fox News Sunday."

Trump indicated Sunday he won't hesitate to anger China until the country comes to the bargaining table on trade and severs ties with North Korea.


Trump's comments triggered a furious response from China's state-run Global Times newspaper, which, in an editorial, described the President-elect as a "child" ignorant of foreign policy and 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.

It added that if Trump ditched the "one China" policy, it would spark "a real crisis."

The "one China" policy has been the cornerstone of diplomatic relations since President Richard Nixon went to China.

#
#

THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED