Trump stirs Taiwan controversy again by saying he might change US’s 37-year-old ‘one China’ policy if America doesn’t get a better deal

Sunday, December 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

Trump said on Fox News Sunday that he didn’t feel bound by the policy
Officially, the US recognizes China’s claim on Taiwan as ‘one China’
That policy has existed since Jimmy Carter made it in 1979
But Trump argued that it could change if he doesn’t get good deals with China
He concerned Beijing last week by accepting a call from the Taiwanese leader
Experts say it could lead to military confrontation if China is pushed too far
Trump also criticized China for ‘taking US jobs’, ‘not helping with North Korea’
11 December 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has revived questions over his plans for the US-Chinese relationship by saying he might break the decades-long ‘one China’ policy depending on trade deals.

At present China and Taiwan both claim ownership of each-other’s territories, but the US only recognizes the Chinese claim, while maintaining unofficial ties with Taiwan.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Trump said: ‘I fully understand the “one China” policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a “one China” policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.’

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