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One-China policy ‘cornerstone’ of peace across Taiwan Strait, China warns US

world Updated: Dec 14, 2016 22:16 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Donald Trump

US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at a USA Thank You Tour event in West Allis, Wisconsin, on December 13, 2016.(Reuters)

The ”One-China” policy is the political foundation for developing relations between Beijing and Washington and also the “cornerstone” for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday .

“Healthy and steady development of China-US ties will be out of the question if the basis of sticking to the One-China principle is disturbed or damaged,” An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told a news briefing on Wednesday. 

An’s strong statement was the latest from China following, first, US president-elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and his questioning of Washington’s policy, which basically means the US sees Taiwan as part of China.

China, which claims Taiwan and sees it as a breakaway region, has been angered by the remarks. 

A majority of countries, including India, follow the One-China policy but maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan through proxies. 

An was quoted by official Xinhua news agency as saying that the “Taiwan issue is about China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as China's core interests; breach of the principle will have a serious impact on peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”. 

He stressed there is “only one China, and the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, which is based irrefutably in law and facts, as well as recognised by the international community”. 

“Facts will tell these people that Taiwan independence is a dead end,” An said. 

Reiterating the Chinese mainland's stance against Taiwan’s independence, An said Beijing’s position “is steadfast and we are determined, confident and capable of containing Taiwan independence”. 

Trump’s surprising statements triggered a chain of reactions from the Chinese government though official comments have been calm and controlled. The state media has published a series of comment pieces warning Trump of consequences. 

“As a veteran businessman who prides himself on his ability to make deals, US president-elect Donald Trump should be well familiar with the phrase ‘deal-breaker’. Let's try to make this issue crystal clear for the coming new administration of the United States: any deviation from the one-China policy will be a ‘deal-breaker’,” Xinhua said in a commentary. 

“Taiwan sits in the center of China's core interests. It is difficult to overstate how serious an affront to Beijing it would be if the incoming US administration recklessly shook the foundations of bilateral ties.” 

The commentary added: “The president-elect has vowed to make America great again and we wish him well in that regard, but we see no benefit for the United States if he unilaterally and single-handedly puts the world's two largest economies on a collision course.”