Things are starting to heat up in the Taiwan Straight and only to get hotter under the Trump Administration. This BBC video is great background.
China’s foreign ministry hit back in a statement advising Trump, a billionaire property tycoon who has claimed “deals are my art form”, that he would never be able to achieve such a deal.
“There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable region of China, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China,” spokesperson Lu Kang was quoted as saying.
“The ‘One China’ principle, which is the political foundation of the China-US relations, is non-negotiable.”
Lu warned the president-elect that the only way to avoid “disruption” to the relationship was for him to recognise the “high sensitivity” of the Taiwan question and approach the issue with “prudence and honour”.
The latest exchange between Beijing and the incoming president came after Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, infuriated Beijing by likening its island-building campaign in the South China Sea to Russia’s “invasion” of Crimea.
China’s state-run media counter-attacked, claiming Trump would face a “large-scale war” if the US followed through on Tillerson’s threat to deny China access to those artificial islands. – The Guardian, January 15, 2017