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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.
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.
“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.
CHINA POLITICS: Beijing Has No Choice But to ‘Take Off the Gloves’ If Trump Continues On Taiwan: China Daily Says
“If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable,” the China Daily said.
“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.”
Donald Trump questioned whether the US should continue its support for the “One China” policy unless Beijing makes concessions on trade and others issues.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is to visit Guatemala, one of its diplomatic allies, on Jan. 11-12, its Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales said.
First Trump used Twitter to announce his phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and on Sunday complaints over Beijing’s economic, military policy.
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.
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.