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Trump backs 'One China' policy in call with Xi

'Come to his senses'

Beijing had been prepared to give Trump-the-candidate a pass, said Wu Xinbo, Director of the Center for American Studies at China's Fudan University.

"When Trump tweeted a few things about the "One China" policy previously, it was prior to his inauguration, so we can consider those his personal opinion," said Wu.

"Now that he is in office, he represents the government's views, and as such, he must emphasize the continuity of policies such as the Taiwan issue and the One China issue."

Taiwan Maintains 'Zero Accident" Policy

Taipei continues to maintain close contact with Washington to avoid any "accidents," President Tsai Ing-wen's spokesman said Friday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's promise to honor the one-China policy in a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Taiwan understood that the U.S. government gives high priority to peace and stability in East Asia, including friendly ties with Taiwan, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang said in a statement.

 Huang said Taiwan was keen to strengthen ties and cooperation with the United States to help maintain regional peace and stability.

 "Taiwan and the U.S. maintain close contact and communication (over Trump's phone call with Xi), and have maintained a good 'zero accident' approach," Huang said.

 The White House earlier confirmed in a press release that Trump had a lengthy phone conversation with Xi, and that the U.S. president had agreed — at his Chinese counterpart's request — to honor the one-China policy.

Speculation Aplenty

Speculation over Trump's cross-strait policy has been fueled by his unfriendly remarks towards China and his breaking decades-old diplomatic protocol by taking a phone call from Tsai before his inauguration.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said it had been Taiwan's standing policy to maintain cross-strait peace and the sustainable development of democracy in the country, which is beneficial to regional interests.

Taipei hoped Washington could build on the years of friendliness between the two sides to continue honoring its promises made in Taiwan Relations Act and its Six Assurances, the MAC said.

 Legislator Lin Wei-chou, a deputy whip of the Kuomintang legislative caucus, said Trump's latest pledge to honor the one-China policy showed that the U.S. president probably used Taiwan as a "bargaining chip" when talking to Tsai on the phone previously.

Lin said Taiwan must not be complacent and must closely watch Washington's implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances.

But Legislator Tsai Shih-ying from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party said any analysis of the relations between Taipei, Beijing and Washington must take into account the United States' standing diplomatic

positions.

The DPP legislator said Trump's promise to Xi is an iteration of the existing relations between Beijing and Washington.

He said Washington had been honoring the one-China policy since it switched diplomatic ties to Beijing from Taipei, and the relations between the three sides would not see any changes despite the Trump-Xi phone call.

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1 Comment
February 11, 2017    chiensheng.tsai@
Trump realizes that PRC China is not quite that easy to bully, and if he persisted, he would only be humiliated if he doesn't go to war.

Trump has more to lose and only hurts himself. Ergo the happy lunar new year greeting and the pronouncement.

But, Trump is still going to wiggle his finger at Tsai once in a while to keep PRC groaning.

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