A Chinese state-owned paper has blasted US President-elect Donald Trump for “playing with fire” after the US president-elect appeared to question the One China policy again.

Highlights

  • Donald Trump has described the One China policy as negotiable
  • Under the longstanding policy, the US recognises Beijing as the only Chinese government, while maintaining an unofficial relationship with Taiwan
  • Mr Trump stunned observers in December when he accepted a phone call from Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, the first involving a US president or president-elect in decades

Details

Mr Trump said in an interview on Friday that the policy was negotiable.

Under the longstanding policy, the US recognises Beijing as the only Chinese government, while maintaining an unofficial relationship with Taiwan.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province and opposes its independence.

Mr Trump has questioned this arrangement, most recently in an interview with the Wall Street Journal where he said “everything is under negotiation including One China”.

China Daily said in an unusually strongly-worded editorial on Monday that Mr Trump was “playing with fire with his Taiwan game”.

“If Trump is determined to use this gambit on taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves,” it said.

China Daily departed from its usual sober tone with its editorial

The editorial follows other Chinese warnings made over the weekend in reaction to Mr Trump’s latest remarks.

On Saturday evening, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the One China policy was “non-negotiable”.

“The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China… That is the fact acknowledged by the international community and no one can change (it),” An Fengshan, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said.

A commentary by the Global Times newspaper called Mr Trump “inexperienced and complacent”, adding: “In the past, Trump infuriated us, but now we find him risible.”

Mr Trump stunned observers in December when he accepted a phone call from Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, the first involving a US president or president-elect in decades.

He then questioned the One China policy in a Fox News interview that same month.

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