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China tells US One China policy "nonnegotiable"

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang Photo: Xinhua

China on Saturday told the United States that one China policy is the political foundation of bilateral ties and "is nonnegotiable."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks in response to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's statement that the one China policy on Taiwan is up for negotiation and that he is not fully committed to it.

“The government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China,” which is an internationally recognized fact and no one can change it," said Lu.

"That is the fact acknowledged by the international community and no one can change,” Lu added.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Friday that “everything is under negotiation, including ‘one China.’” The interview is the latest indication Trump that he will shake up the U.S.-China relationship, particularly on Taiwan, which China considers a core national interest.

Since recognizing Beijing in 1979, Washington has maintained only unofficial ties with Taiwan, a status quo that Trump has repeatedly threatened to upend since winning the November election.

China had already been upset over Trump’s call with Taiwai leader Tsai Ing-wen, the first time an American president or president-elect had publicly spoken to Taiwan’s leader in nearly four decades.

It must be pointed out that there is but one China in the world, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, Lu said in the statement issued on Saturday evening.

"We urge the relevant party in the United States to realize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by commitments made by previous U.S. governments to the one China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques," he said.

Lu urged the U.S. side to properly deal with the Taiwan issue so as to avoid undermining the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties and cooperation in major areas.

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