Already angered by his phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, China’s Foreign Ministry firmly pushed back on Saturday against President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that the “One China” policy on Taiwan is negotiable, calling it the “political foundation” of the relationship between the US and China. However, China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country’s “one-China principle” regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating.
“Anyone attempting to use Taiwan’s status in a negotiation would be smashing their feet by lifting a rock,” said ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
“Not everything in the world can be bargained or traded off,” Hua told reporters at a daily briefing.
“Whoever attempts to harm the one-China principle out of any motive or uses the principle as a bargaining chip will definitely be facing broad and strong opposition from the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community,” she added.
A CNN News report digs further into the situation:
In an interview on Friday, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that “everything is under negotiation, including ‘one China.’” The one-China policy says that Taiwan is part of China and the Communist government in Beijing is China’s sole legitimate government, which the US agreed to in 1979, but still continues to maintain robust unofficial ties with Taiwan. Washington also provides weaponry to the self-governing island democracy to help protect itself against China’s threat to use force to end their division from a civil war in 1949.
Since his win in the 2016 presidential election, Trump has repeatedly challenged the ‘one China’ policy. In the meantime, the Taiwanese President has visited the US last week on a transit to Central America. She made a stop in Houston and met with Republican Senator Ted Cruz during her stay, which was slammed by Beijing as an attempt to “undermine China-US relations.”
Her US stopovers are being closely watched with speculation that she may make contact with Trump and his team.
Is Trump playing with fire?
The English-language China Daily ran an editorial Monday accusing Trump of “playing with fire.”
You can find the link to the editorial in its Twitter post here:
— China Daily USA (@ChinaDailyUSA) January 15, 2017
“If Trump is determined to use this gambit on taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves,” the newspaper said.
With all of the warnings and anger that has been circulating from China, will Trump drive the country over the edge and tempt even further backlash for the United States?