China urges Trump administration to grasp
importance of 'one China'
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[January 23, 2017]
BEIJING (Reuters) - The new U.S.
administration must fully understand the importance of the "one China"
policy and appreciate that the issue of Taiwan is highly sensitive for
the Beijing government, China said on Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday, said in
December the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its
long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China".
Earlier, Trump broke with decades of precedent by taking a telephone
call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
According to Beijing's one China principle, Taiwan and mainland China
are inalienable parts of a single "China". Beijing views Taiwan as a
wayward province, to be brought under its control by force if necessary.
However, proudly democratic Taiwan shows not interest in being ruled by
"We urge the new administration to fully understand the high sensitivity
of the Taiwan issue and to continue pursuing the one China policy,"
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular
briefing in Beijing.
Hua called the policy the "political foundation" of future relations
between the United States and China.
She said any U.S. government had the obligation to stand by the promises
made by both main U.S. political parties and "strictly" maintain
non-diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Hua also reiterated China's position on the South China Sea, saying the
United States should not meddle in issues of China's sovereign
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President Donald Trump
speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First
Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in
Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Both "history and reality" prove good relations between China and
the United States were positive for the Asia-Pacific region, she
China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which
about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours
Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has previously
suggested that China would not be allowed access to islands in the
region, prompting Chinese state media to say the United States would
need to "wage war" to cut off China's access.
(Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Writing by John Ruwitch in
SHANGHAI; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel)
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