On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the “one-China” is “non-negotiable.”
The statement comes in wake of Trump’s interview in The Wall Street Journal in which the president-elect suggested to use the U.S. policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip between the two sides.
Chunying said that there is one China in the world, and “relevant parties in the United States should “honor the commitment made by all previous U.S. administrations of both parties on adhering to the one-China policy.”
“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China,” the spokesperson added. “The one-China principle is the prerequisite and political foundation for China to develop relations with the U.S. and any other country in the world.” Chunying, however, did not mention Trump in her statement.
Last week, Trump told the WJS that “everything is under negotiation, including one China.” He didn’t feel “bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”
The spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry said: “Everyone should understand that there are things in the world that are not for trade, and that the one-China principle is the prerequisite and political foundation for China to grow ties with any other country.”
She warned that “any attempt to undermine the one-China principle or use it as a bargaining chip by anyone for any purpose shall be met with firm opposition from the Chinese government and people and the international community and severe consequences.”
Trump will take office of the president of the United States on January 20. The president-elect has been critical of China’s policies. On Twitter, he criticized China for building military bases in disputed areas of the South China Sea, allegedly manipulating its currency to put American firms at a disadvantage, and not doing enough to control North Korea’s nuclear program, Politico reported.
Political observers in China say that Beijing isn’t taking Trump seriously, but its response is likely to change once the billionaire takes office this week. For China, Trump “is an ordinary person now” as he hasn’t taken office yet, according to Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations at Fudan University. “Therefore, there’s no need for China to take his remarks seriously or further respond to what he said,” Dingli was quoted as saying by Politico.
On Sunday, Trump’s incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said that “there are no plans to change the one-China policy.”
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