Is Trump using Taiwan as a ‘bargaining chip’ with China?

The News Lens
Date: 2016/12/13

International media has rushed to condemn Donald Trump for his comments on the “one-China”


policy, accusing the president-elect of using Taiwan as a bargaining chip with China, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reports. While the Taiwanese presidential office has remained largely silent on Trump’s “one China” comments, international press like Vox and the Washington Post have criticized Trump and say he risks starting a war if he does not hold to the “one-China” policy.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday a week after accepting a controversial congratulatory call from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Dec. 2, the U.S. president-elect said, “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 having to do with other things, including trade.”

Meanwhile, the White House responded to Trump’s comments by insisting that the one-China policy should not be used as a bargaining chip, Reuters reports. Republican senator John McCain also said he personally supports the one-China policy, and that he would not respond to every comment made by the president-elect since his comments “might be reversed the next day,” Reuters reports.    [SOURCE]

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