One-China pol­icy reaf­firmed by US

White House re­as­sures af­ter Trump’s tweets raise con­cerns

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton and PAUL WELITZKIN in New York

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion reaf­firmed the United States’ one-China pol­icy on Mon­day, fol­low­ing pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s phone call with Tai­wan leader Tsai Ing-wen on Fri­day and his China-re­lated tweets on Sun­day.

The US is com­mit­ted to the one-China pol­icy, White House Press Sec­re­tary Josh Earnest re­it­er­ated on Mon­day. The pol­icy has been in place for al­most 40 years and has been aimed at pro­mot­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the Tai- wan Straits, Earnest said.

Af­ter crit­i­cism of the phone call by China and many for­eign pol­icy ex­perts in the US, Trump tweeted on Sun­day, touch­ing on highly sen­si­tive is­sues, in­clud­ing what he called China’s “de­val­u­a­tion of cur­rency” and the South China Sea.

“I am not sure how that ben­e­fits the United States,” Earnest said of Trump’s lat­est ac­tions. “I’m not sure how that ben­e­fits the United States’ re­la­tion­ship with Tai- wan. I am not sure how that ben­e­fits the Tai­wanese peo­ple. I am not sure how that ben­e­fits the US re­la­tion­ship with China.”

US State Depart­ment deputy spokesman Mark Toner cred­ited sta­ble and peace­ful cross-Straits re­la­tions since 1979 to the fact that the US has fol­lowed the one-China pol­icy.

“That has not changed pre­vi­ous to or since the phone call by the pres­i­dent-elect,” he told the daily brief­ing on Mon­day.

Toner said that “it’s only through con­sis­tency and im­ple­ment­ing this pol­icy,

stand­ing by this pol­icy, (that) you have ... sta­ble cross-Straits re­la­tions”.

The com­ments from the White House demon­strate that the ac­tions by Trump not only caused out­rage and cau­tion from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and peo­ple, but also go against Wash­ing­ton’s fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests, Dong Chun­ling, a re­searcher with the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said on Tues­day.

“China’s re­ac­tion re­flected its con­fi­dence in the sta­bil­ity of China-US re­la­tions, its patience for Trump to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of China pol­icy, as well as its de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­fend the bot­tom line of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship,” Dong said.

Also on Mon­day, for­mer US sec­re­taries of state Madeleine Al­bright and Henry Kissinger ex­pressed their sup­port for the one-China pol­icy.

“I have been im­pressed by the calm re­ac­tion of the Chi­nese lead­er­ship,” Kissinger told a pro­gram hosted by the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on US-China Re­la­tions at the China-US Sky Club in New York on Mon­day night.

Kissinger re­called that Bill Clin­ton also tried to de­vi­ate from the es­tab­lished China pol­icy at the be­gin­ning of his pres­i­dency. “But in two years’ time, he found that the pol­icy re­flected the com­mon in­ter­ests of both sides.”

Kissinger and Al­bright said the bat­tle against ter­ror­ism could pro­vide a bridge for im­proved re­la­tions be­tween China and the US. The shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion in fight­ing and pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ism pro­vides an ideal stage for co­op­er­a­tion, they said.

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