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    Trump hints reversal on ‘One-China’ Policy


    Trump hints reversal on ‘One-China' Policy

    American President-elect Donald Trump has set the cat among the pigeons by questioning the four decades old US position that Taiwan is part of “one China.” Trump's comments on a television channel came after he prompted a diplomatic protest from China over his decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan's president on December 2. “I fully understand the ‘one China' policy, but I don't know why we have

    to be bound by a ‘one China' policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” Trump was quoted as having said. Trump's call with President Tsai Ing-wen was the first such contact with Taiwan by a US president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China.” Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province and the subject is a sensitive one

    In the interview, Trump criticised China over its currency policies, its activities in the South China Sea and its stance toward North Korea. He said it was not up to Beijing to decide whether he should take a call from Taiwan's leader. “I don't want China dictating to me and this was a call put in to me,” Trump said. “It was a very nice call. Short. And why should some other nation be able to say I can't take a call?” He added: “I think it actually would've been very disrespectful, to be honest with you, not taking it.” What Trump said was not wrong but it was undiplomatic and bared a man who has risen to the very top without any experience of holding a public office.

    Trump went on: “We're being hurt very badly by China with devaluation, with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don't tax them, with building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they shouldn't be doing, and frankly with not helping us at all with North Korea.” He added in the same vein: “You have North Korea. You have nuclear weapons and China could solve that problem and they're not helping us at all.” That the Chinese have been enraged by Trump's stand is all-too-clear. But the times are changing and the Chinese will have to reconcile to this. Past US presidents have been far too soft on China. Who knows Trump's tough signals may force China to mend its ways and to give the Americans a better trade deal. If that happens, the President-elect would be hailed and applauded.

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