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China says it will cooperate with Trump but warns on Taiwan

AP
Published Dec 22, 2016, 4:25 pm IST
Updated Dec 22, 2016, 4:25 pm IST
China complained after Trump questioned a US policy that recognized Beijing as China's government, maintaining unofficial ties with Taiwan.
US president elect Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: File)
 US president elect Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: File)

Beijing: China's foreign minister on Thursday warned that ties with the US will likely see new complications and that the only way to maintain a stable relationship is by respecting each other's "core interests."

Foreign Minister Wang Yi's remarks appeared to underscore that China's position on Taiwan is non-negotiable, weeks after President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he could re-evaluate US policy on the status of Taiwan.

 

Wang told the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People's Daily, he will strive to boost cooperation with the US but foresaw "new, complicated and uncertain factors affecting bilateral relations" under the Trump administration.

China complained after Trump, in December, questioned a US policy that since 1979 has recognized Beijing as China's government and maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan.

The President-elect's comments on Taiwan, combined with accusations that China is manipulating its currency and threats of imposing hefty tariffs against Chinese imports, have rattled relations between the world's two largest economies.

 

Trump's transition team announced Wednesday that Peter Navarro, a University of California, Irvine, economist who has accused China of effectively waging economic war against the United States, would head a trade policy council inside the White House.

Still, US-China relations are generally trending toward stable cooperation and mutual benefit, Wang said. He quoted a Chinese poem - previously used by President Xi Jinping as a metaphor for US-China ties - depicting a river that flows inevitably, regardless of mountainous obstacles.

Beijing regards the self-governing island as part of China. It has long used the "core interest" formulation to signal that its position on Taiwan will be upheld under any circumstances and any move by Taiwan toward formal independence could be met with military force.

 

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Location: China, Peking, Peking




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