Taiwan carries out drills amid rising fears of Chinese invasion
Jan 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
Donald Trump's continued needling of China over the issue of Taiwan drew a sharp response from Beijing Monday, including a warning that if Trump continues his "gambit" China will have no choice but "to take off the gloves". "There is but one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China", Mr. Lu said in a statement that was posted on the foreign ministry's website on Saturday.
"Any person should understand that in this world there are certain things that can not be traded or bought and sold", she told a daily news briefing.
Highlighting the contested South China Sea as a potential flashpoint, Trump's Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson threw out an explosive challenge to Beijing on Wednesday by calling for it be denied access to artificial islands it is building in the strategic waterway.
"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 global community", she added.
The editorial also added that China's threatened actions to Trump may be "costly.but it will prove a worthy price to pay to make the next US president aware of the.serious consequences of his Taiwan game".
China considers Taiwan a "core interest", and views the self-ruled island as a renegade province that must be brought back into the fold - by force, if necessary.
Lu urged the USA side to properly deal with the Taiwan issue so as to avoid undermining the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties and cooperation in major areas.
Following a victorious election, Donald Trump took a call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
"If this basis is interfered with or damaged, then the healthy, stable development of China-U.S. relations is out of the question, and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait will be seriously impacted", he added, according to the BBC. In the brief statement, the spokesman also summarized the "facts recognized by the global community" on the issue: "There is but one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China".
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Trump has threatened to get tough with what he sees as unfair Chinese trade practices and suggested that the One China policy could become a bargaining chip in this.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he would not label China a currency manipulator as soon as he takes office, though he repeated his contention that China is manipulating its currency, the yuan.
Trump said in an interview on Friday, January 13 that the policy was negotiable.
Since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May past year, Taipei has been keen to see an improvement in relations between Taiwan and China and has been honest in its maintenance of the status quo in cross-strait relations, Yu said, adding that the ball is firmly in China's court when it comes to improving bilateral ties. China filed a formal complaint with President Barack Obama's administration in December 2016.
He called on the current US Administration to respect the commitments made by previous US governments to the One China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques. He has also announced that a new White House trade council will be led by economist Peter Navarro, a sharp critic of Chinese economic policy who wrote a book titled "Death By China".
Within China, U.S. companies aren't happy: four out of five surveyed by AmCham say they felt less welcome here than before.
"He was basically saying that he holds her in a tremendous amount of respect, but she may have made some mistake as it related to the influx of immigration, which from what I have read from the German press, she has admitted to".
"Taiwan is the first country in the world to upgrade the F-16 A/B fighters to F-16 V. We are enhancing our aerial capabilities to ensure national security", an air force official told AFP. The move assumes significance after Trump's recent utterances over the One-China principle ruffled feathers in China.