Chinese state-run tabloid suggests the ‘use of force’ in response to Trump’s apparent Taiwan Bargaining Chip
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
In a flustered response to the unprecedented phone call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Trump’s subsequent statements calling into the question the “one China” policy, a major Chinese state-run tabloid suggested that the time may have come to use force to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan.
The Chinese government was severely agitated by Trump’s direct phone call with the president of Taiwan, breaking with decades of US-China diplomatic protocol going back to 1979, for which it had issued a formal complaint. Scarcely a week later, it was broadsided by his subsequent interview with Fox News questioning why he should be bound by the “one China” policy, again breaking with U.S.-China protocol dating back to the Shanghai Communique of 1972. For the regime in Beijing and the Tsai administration in Taiwan, his next comment was ominous: “unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.” [FULL STORY]