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 recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the review will say.
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.
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.
China claims most of the South China Sea, while Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei claims parts of the sea that commands strategic sealanes and has rich fishing grounds along with oil and gas deposits.
“We protest the Tsai government,” the protesters chanted, calling the reform plan “government bullying” and “majority tyranny.”
“Congratulations @realDonaldTrump. Democracy is what ties Taiwan and the US together. Look forward to advancing our friendship & partnership,” Tsai tweeted just minutes after Trump took his oath of office.
Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and he has also said the “One China” policy was up for negotiation.
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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 claims almost all of the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion worth of sea-borne trade passes every year.
Taiwan urged Nigeria to reconsider, saying: “The foreign ministry seriously objects and condemns the unreasonable actions by the Nigerian government.”
“(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.
“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 said the United States did not have to stick to its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of one China, calling it the basis for relations.
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.
The list comes after official communication channels between Taiwan and China ceased.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pledges to maintain peace with China, amid a near five-month impasse after Beijing halted official communications.
“We hope both sides maintain stability, so there won’t be any misunderstanding or misjudgment on either side,” Tsai Ing-wen said.