On Monday China stated that it had “serious concern” about Donald Trump’s recent comments on Taiwan and also warned that any changes in how America deals with the self-governing island might damage diplomatic relationship between Beijing and Washington.
China’s comments came a day after Trump during a television interview stated that he didn’t feel “bound by a one-China policy”.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said that established policy is the “political foundation” of any diplomatic relationship between China and the United States and any damage to that foundation might render cooperation “out of the question.”
“We urge the new U.S. leader and government to fully understand the seriousness of the Taiwan issue, and to continue to stick to the one-China policy,” Geng said.
Since recognizing the People’s Republic of China in 1979, the U.S. has followed the one-China policy, recognizing Beijing as the capital of China and maintaining only unofficial relations with Taiwan. American law, however, entails the U.S. to confirm that Taiwan has the means to defend itself and to treat all threats to the island as matters of serious concern.
SPLIT IN 1949
China split from Taiwan amid civil war in 1949 and continues to regard the island as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.
Geng’s comments are the strongest public condemnation China has made of Trump’s criticisms of current American policy toward Taiwan.
Beijing was already angered by Trump’s Dec. 2 phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the first time an American president or president-elect has publicly spoken to a Taiwanese leader in nearly four decades. China considers any reference to a separate Taiwanese head of state to be an insult that is most grave.
Trump followed the call with two tweets accusing China of controlling its currency, unfairly taxing American imports and inciting tensions in the South China Sea.
Once again the President elect uses Twitter to communicate with the world about how he feels. Many don’t believe using twitter to communicate with a foreign country is very presidential.