TENSIONS between China and US President-Elect Donald Trump escalated today as the Asian superpower threatened to arm America’s enemies.
They also blasted the shock election winner as a political novice, claiming even a child possessed more diplomatic nous.The ferocious outburst comes amid fears Mr Trump will ignore the “one China policy”, a delicate balance of power and recognition of Taiwan.
The largely self-governing state is seen as illegitimate by the Chinese government. While the US enjoys unofficial relations with Taiwan, China is concerned at the effect on the region’s independence movement should Mr Trump attempt to further develop relations.
An unsigned opinion piece in the Chinese newspaper Global Times said today the one China policy was “non-negotiable”.It said: “The one-China policy cannot be traded. [Mr Trump is] as ignorant of diplomacy as a child. “If he openly abandons the one-China policy, there will be a real storm.”As a businessman, he thinks it’s quite normal to do business, but he hasn’t realised that the Taiwan question is not a business to China. The Taiwan question is not negotiable.” “At that point, what need does mainland China have for prioritising peaceful unification with Taiwan over retaking the island by military force?”They then worryingly asked, if Mr Trump recognised Taiwan, what was to stop China selling weapons and military equipment to “forces hostile to the US”. The piece said: “Why couldn’t we publicly support them, or secretly sell arms to them?”In a final dig, the piece expressed hope the controversy would soon blow over due to the “fickle” nature of the incoming president.
It concluded: “He’s very fickle as well, he may eat his words sometime soon.”
Mr Trump said yesterday he did not see why he must be “bound by a one China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”China’s Foreign Ministry said cooperation was “out of the question” if Washington could not recognise Beijing’s core interest on Taiwan, indicating it would reject any effort by Trump to use the issue as a bargaining chip in a long list of commercial and security problems facing the two countries.
Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “China has noted the report and expresses serious concern about it. I want to stress that the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and involves China’s core interests.”
“Upholding the ‘one China’ principle is the political basis for developing China-U.S. ties. If this basis is interfered with or damaged then the healthy development of China-U.S. relations and bilateral cooperation in important areas is out of the question.”China are allies with North Korea, ruled by sabre-shaking dictator Kim Jong-un who regularly threatens to reduce the US to rubble.
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