- Title: China urges Trump administration to fully grasp importance of 'one China'
- Date: 23rd January 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JANUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "I want to emphasise, the one China principle is the political foundation of the development of China-U.S. relations. Any U.S. government has the obligation to stand by the clear promise made by the U.S. successive two-party governments and continue to adhere to the one China policy, stick to the principles of the China-U.S. three joint communiques, and strictly limit U.S.-Taiwan relations to within a non-official scope. We urge the new administration to fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and to continue pursuing the one China policy." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
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- Keywords: China Trump one China policy diplomacy Taiwan United States
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00160AWK7B
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- Story Text: The new U.S. administration must fully understand the importance of the "one China" policy and appreciate that the issue of Taiwan is highly sensitive for the Beijing government, China said on Monday (January 23).
U.S. President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday (January 20), said in December the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China".
Earlier, Trump broke with decades of precedent by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
According to Beijing's one China principle, Taiwan and mainland China are inalienable parts of a single "China". Beijing views Taiwan as a wayward province, to be brought under its control by force if necessary.
However, proudly democratic Taiwan shows no interest in being ruled by Beijing.
"We urge the new administration to fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and to continue pursuing the one China policy," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in Beijing.
Hua called the policy the "political foundation" of future relations between the United States and China.
She said any U.S. government had the obligation to stand by the promises made by both main U.S. political parties and "strictly" maintain non-diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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