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China urges US to honor one-China policy

CHINA has lodged solemn representations with the United States, urging it to honor its commitment to the one-China policy, according to foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

The move follows a phone conversation between US President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on Friday.

“It must be stated that there is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents China. Those are all facts recognized by the international community,” Geng said.

The one-China principle is the political foundation for the China-US relations, he added.

“We urge the relevant US side to honor the commitment to the one-China policy as well as the three Sino-US joint communiques, and cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related issues to avoid any unnecessary disturbance to the bigger picture of Sino-US relations.”

Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Tsai’s call with Trump “a little trick” by Taiwan which would not change the one-China consensus in the international community.

“I don’t think it will change the one-China policy of the US government either,” Wang said on the sidelines of a foreign policy seminar on Saturday.

The one-China principle is a cornerstone for healthy development of Sino-US relations, and China does not want this political foundation to be interfered with or damaged, Wang said.

After the call from Tsai, the White House reaffirmed its support of the one-China policy. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Trump’s conversation did not signal any change to the US policy on cross-Strait issues.

“We remain firmly committed to our one-China policy based on the three joint communiques,” Price told reporters. “Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations.”

The call was the starkest example yet of how Trump has flouted diplomatic convention since he won the November 8 election. He has undertaken calls with foreign leaders apparently without guidance from the State Department, which oversees US diplomacy.

“President-elect Trump is just shooting from the hip, trying to take phone calls of congratulatory messages from leaders around the world without consideration for the implications,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.


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