China lodged a protest with the US over President-elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented telephone talk with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wenz, asking Washington to honour its commitment for One-China policy. “China has lodged solemn representations with the US, urging the US to honour its commitment to the One-China policy,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang on Saturday.
“We have taken note of the relevant reports and made solemn representations about it to the relevant US side. It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” he said. The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the sole legitimate government representing China, which is a fact recognised by the international community, he said. The One-China principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations, he said. “We urge the relevant parties in the US to abide by the commitment to the One-China policy and abide by the principles of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, and to handle the Taiwan issue with caution and care to avoid unnecessarily interfering with the overall situation of Sino-US relations,” he said in comments posted on the Foreign Ministry website.
Geng’s appeal to “relevant parties” came after reports that Trump bypassed US State Department in talking to Tsai. Apparently the call came from the Taiwanese President, who is adversely viewed by China as she was elected early this year on anti-China platform.
Like most of the countries in the world, US too pursued a so-called “One-China” policy since 1979, when it shifted its diplomatic recognition by formally recognising People’s Republic of China (PRC) instead of Taiwan which broke off with mainland in 1949 after the formation of the PRC. However, US continues to maintain low-key contacts with Taiwan including supplying military hardware to it. China is trying to open up its channels with Trump as President Xi Jinping on Friday met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who is widely regarded as part of back channel diplomacy between both the countries.
In his meeting with Kissinger, Xi said China hopes for sustained, healthy and stable ties with the US. He said the mutual benefits of relations between the two countries outweigh their differences, and China is willing to work with the US for a smooth transition following last month’s presidential election. Xi said China and the US should continuously promote the new type of major power relations, and strengthen their coordination on international affairs. Kissinger, a regular visitor to China, said the US-China relationship is important to the two countries, as well as the world as a whole.