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Trump says 'One China' policy up for negotiation

US President-elect Donald Trump has said that the One China policy is "up for negotiation," in yet another comment certain to irk Beijing.

In an interview published by the Wall Street Journal late Friday, Trump was specifically asked if he supported the "one China" policy on Taiwan that has underpinned U.S. relations with Beijing for decades, Trump told the Journal: "Everything is under negotiation including One China."

The U.S. president-elect had already ratcheted up tensions with Beijing by accepting congratulatory telephone call from President Tsai Ing-wen shortly after his election victory in early December.

Trump's willingness to engage directly with Tsai was considered by Beijing to be a breach of the "one China" policy, which the U.S. has adhered to since switching diplomatic recognition to Taipei from Beijing in 1979.

He caused further upset in the aftermath of the call by asking why the U.S. had to adhere to the "one China" policy, given Washington's role as a major arms supplier to Taiwan.

In the interview, Trump again said: "We sold them US$2 billion of military equipment last year. We can sell them US$2 billion of the latest and greatest military equipment but we're not allowed to accept a phone call. First of all it would have been very rude not to accept the phone call."

During the election campaign Trump said he would label China a currency manipulator on the first day of taking office. The Chinese yuan has fallen steadily against the US dollar in recent years, with China accused of deliberately suppressing the value of its currency to make the country's exports more competitive.

Trump told the Journal he would stop short of officially branding China a manipulator but was critical of Beijing's financial policies and said: "Certainly they are manipulators".

"Instead of saying: 'We're devaluating our currency,' they say, 'oh, our currency is dropping'. It's not dropping. They're doing it on purpose.

"Our companies can't compete with them now because our currency is strong and it's killing us," Trump said.

When asked about the US sanctions against Russia, Trump said he would probably maintain some of the Obama administration's recent sanctions against Russia, although he adds that he might do away with them if Russia works with the U.S. on battling terrorists and achieving other goals.

"If Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions?"

President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Trump also says he is open to meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after his inauguration.

January 14, 2017    a0936103569@
May I ask, is there any negotiation about questioning such issue as ONE USA in every failed results of USA interferences on other countries internal affairs? While those bloodly interferences still unresolve by ONE USA itself. Shame in that old man unfamiliar statement.
January 14, 2017    Jackalopetears@
There is great irony in the fact that Mr. Trump, the man that led a lenghty and vicious challenge to the legitimacy of Mr. Obama's persidency, is now enduring broad doubts about his abilities and his hidden agenda for the United States.

He may not last a full four years.

Nonetheless, it is a breath of fresh air that he challenges China's consistent refusal to discuss certain real issues and to simply claim them taboo while offering up the justification that they are internal affairs.

China's roundabout territorial expansion has always been headed for a confrontation. They planned for such by militarization of their manmade South China Sea islands. It seems the longer a delay is preferred by China as it allows for more military buildup in places where there sould be none.

The worl is not blind. Even an idiot like Mr. Trump sees this.
January 15, 2017    donna3940@
A idiot like orange-chick-little with him head cut off name Trump, can't use common sense because he didn't have it to use. It is not a act he is really that stupid who get kick off your own board and you own the company. You know who are more dumb the white trash hillbilly honkey so is racism with no IQ. , who vote for a traitor to him country and a member of the golden shower club white man only. Yes it white man only who that nasty sick and mental ill psychosis to let some nasty russia hooker piss on them. Yes need God in him heart because satan has full control.
January 17, 2017    restoremanner@
You need to see the bigger picture. The US economy grows through value creation, whether that means creating a new gadget, a new pharmaceutical formula, a new management system, etc.; whereas China is a country that lives off of the US value creation, whether that means copying US intellectual properties or using reverse engineering. What this means is that if the two economies do not deal with each other, the US can continue to create value (create jobs), but China loses its source of growth, the American technologies and innovations – the same technologies and innovations that have been making China a great economy and country in the past 20 years, since 1995. How did China get to where it is today in terms of economy, technologies, and therefore military might? Answer: Almost exclusively because of US intellectual properties. Taiwan has done its own value creation, with the likes of the Yahoo founder, a Taiwanese guy. Taiwan should not be afraid of China’s impact on its economy in the long run. Yes, short run, everybody hurts a little because of China’s bullying, but stop paying attention to only short-run.

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