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Beijing Sends 'Clear Signal' for US to Stick to 'One-China' Policy

Sputnik News

10:52 24.12.2016(updated 10:55 24.12.2016)

With Donald Trump's inauguration now less than a month away, China reiterates the importance of honoring "key interests' in bilateral ties, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. In an interview with Sputnik China, political analyst Andrei Korneyev commented on the significance of Mr. Yi's statement for relations between China and the US.

Andrei Korneyev, deputy director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies in Moscow, said that Donald Trump's election has caused serious concern in Beijing about a possible change in the US foreign policy, with some analysts predicting inevitable conflicts in bilateral relations that could be fraught with a military showdown.

Beijing's worries further increased after the US President-elect spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2 in a major break with the "one China" policy President Jimmy Carter adopted in 1979. During the 10-minute telephone linkup initiated by the Taiwanese leader, Donald Trump noted "the close economic, political and security ties" between Taiwan and the United States."

The call came at a time of heightened tensions between Taiwan and China since the election of Tsai Ing-wen's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) earlier this year.

"What is important, however, is that despite the controversial statements made by Trump and his transitional team, China still hopes that reason will eventually prevail and Chinese-US relations will progress in a constructive way," Korneyev told Sputnik China.

"In an interview with Renmin Ribao, Wang Yi said that shortly after Mr. Trump's election, Chinese President Xi Jinping got in touch with him and the two underscored their shared desire to maintain close ties between their two countries," Andrei Korneyev told Sputnik China.

The Chinese minister also mentioned "new problems and uncertainty" that might arise between China and the United States in the future as a result of a possible U-turn in Washington's foreign policy.

"Wang Yi said that mutual respect and attention to each other's frundamental interests and concerns hold the key to long-lasting and stable cooperation, which he described as 'a historical tendency that no one can change at will,'" Korneyev noted.

He added that even though the Chinese foreign Minister didn't mention Donald Trump by name, it was exactly the US President-elect he had in mind.

"Many experts see this as a clear signal to the new US Administration that any attempts to reconsider America's long-standing policy on China [whereby Washington shifted diplomatic recognition of China from the government in Taiwan to Beijing] could lead to a complete destabilization of relations between the two countries," Andrei Korneyev concluded.

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.


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