At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.
“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.
“The Dalai Lama’s comments in the interview perhaps appeared humorous and funny, but these words are all lies that do not accord with the facts,” Geng said.
China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan.
“President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our ‘one China’ policy,” the statement said.
Relations between China and United States have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.
The Dongfeng-5C missile, carrying 10 dummy warheads was launched from Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province, and flew to a desert in western China.
Beijing’s renewed calls for openness and defense of globalization stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s vision of “America First”.
China is calmly mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping’s steady hand and new U.S. President Donald Trump, whose first days have been marked by media feuds and protests.
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“If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable,” the China Daily said.
China has also said it is building a second aircraft carrier. China’s only carrier is the second-hand, Soviet-built Liaoning, which this week unsettled neighbors with drills in the disputed South China Sea.
“(We were) made aware of the visit and advised Mayor Msimanga not to undertake it as it would constitute a breach of our One China Policy,” foreign ministry said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said people should not read much into what the carrier was up to, as its movements were within the law.
“We are not suggesting that we’re revisiting ‘one China’ policy right now,” Trump aide Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”
China’s growing military presence in the disputed South China Sea has fueled concern, with the United States criticizing its militarization of maritime outposts.
Huo Jianguo, former head a trade policy body under China’s Commerce Ministry, said Trump is likely to reduce United States’ engagement with the world, presenting an opening for China.
“If he tries to sabotage the One China policy or harm China’s core interests, ultimately he will lift a rock to crush his own toes,” Wang Yi said Chinese foreign minister.
Donald Trump questioned whether the US should continue its support for the “One China” policy unless Beijing makes concessions on trade and others issues.
The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979.