One-China prin­ci­ple key to peace, sta­bil­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LI XIAOKUN lix­i­aokun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Breach­ing the one-China prin­ci­ple “will se­ri­ously af­fect peace and sta­bil­ity across the Tai­wan Straits”, a Tai­wan-af­fairs spokesman said on Wed­nes­day in re­sponse to re­cent re­marks by US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

“There can be no talk of a healthy and steady de­vel­op­ment of China-US ties if the ba­sis of stick­ing to the oneChina prin­ci­ple is disturbed or dam­aged,” An Feng­shan, spokesman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said at a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence.

Trump said over the week­end that he didn’t feel “bound by a one-China pol­icy” un­less the US could gain benefits from China in trade and other ar­eas.

Ear­lier, Trump broke with diplo­matic prece­dent by talk­ing on the phone with Tai­wan leader Tsai Ing-wen on Dec 2.

An said the Tai­wan ques­tion is about China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, as well as its core in­ter­ests.

“Our position against Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence is stead­fast and we are de­ter­mined, confident and ca­pa­ble of con­tain­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence,” he said.

The ex­change of words be­tween Trump and Beijing has drawn global at­ten­tion. France’s top diplomat ex­pressed dis­com­fort on Wed­nes­day with Trump’s bullish tone with China, which is the US’ largest trade part­ner.

“Watch out for China. ... It’s a big coun­try. You can have dis­agree­ments with China, but you don’t talk like that to a part­ner,” said French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Marc Ayrault on France 2 tele­vi­sion.

The For­eign Min­istry urged Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day to avoid “un­nec­es­sary dis­tur­bances” to bi­lat­eral ties and stressed op­po­si­tion to any form of of­fi­cial ex­changes or mil­i­tary con­nec­tions be­tween the US and Tai­wan prov­ince.

It was re­spond­ing to re­marks made on Tues­day by US Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of De­fense Abra­ham Den­mark, who said de­fense spend­ing in Tai­wan has not kept pace with the “threat” posed by Beijing and should be in­creased.

Shi Yin­hong, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter of US Stud­ies of Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said that if the one-China pol­icy is uni­lat­er­ally over­turned, “there pos­si­bly will be no talk of China-US ties”.

“And it will en­cour­age in­de­pen­dence forces in Tai­wan, which might even lead to wars and greatly en­dan­ger peace in the Pa­cific region.”

Tao Wen­zhao, a re­searcher of US stud­ies with the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences,

We are de­ter­mined, confident and ca­pa­ble of con­tain­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence.” An Feng­shan, spokesman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil

said Trump is on one hand us­ing the Tai­wan ques­tion to bar­gain with China for trade benefits, and on the other hand us­ing it as a strat­egy to con­tain China.

“But how can the fun­da­men­tal base of the China-US ties be com­pared with com­mer­cial in­ter­ests? They are of to­tally dif­fer­ent levels,” Tao said.

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