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China will take action if Trump continues on Taiwan.


China will “take
off the gloves” and take strong action if U.S. President-elect Donald
Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office,
two leading state-run newspapers said on Monday. 

In
an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump
said the “One China” policy was up for negotiation. China’s foreign
ministry, in response, said “One China” was the foundation of China-U.S.
ties and was non-negotiable.

Trump
broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory
telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, angering Beijing,
which sees Taiwan as part of China.

“If
Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of
fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have
no choice but to take off the gloves,” the English-language China Daily
said.

The Global Times, an
influential state-run tabloid, echoed the China Daily, saying Beijing
would take “strong countermeasures” against Trump’s attempt to “impair”
the “One China” principle.

“The
Chinese mainland will be prompted to speed up Taiwan reunification and
mercilessly combat those who advocate Taiwan’s independence,” the paper
said in an editorial.

The
Trump transition team did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment on
the Chinese articles. The Republican president-elect is sworn in on
Friday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the United States was clearly aware of China’s position on “One China.”

“Any
person should understand that in this world there are certain things
that cannot be traded or bought and sold,” she told a daily news
briefing.

“The One China principle is the precondition and political basis for any country having relations with China.”

Hua
added, “If anyone attempts to damage the One China principle or if they
are under the illusion they can use this as a bargaining chip, they
will be opposed by the Chinese government and people.

“In the end it will be like lifting a rock to drop it on one’s own feet,” she said, without elaborating.

The
administration of President Barack Obama has repeatedly reinforced the
U.S. commitment to the one China policy since Trump’s call with the
Taiwanese leader.

A
senior Obama administration official said on Monday the use of state
media rather than a more formal statement or a speech indicated the
Chinese want Trump to know they are not “spoiling for a fight, but are
trying to warn him against provoking one that would end badly for
everyone.”

The situation
may be more volatile than the president-elect realizes, the official
said Monday on the condition of anonymity to avoid publicly criticizing
Trump’s remarks. Chinese president Xi Jinping is concentrating more
power in his own hands, including command of the military, and
increasingly invokes nationalism as China tries to shift toward a
domestic consumption-based economy from an export-driven one, the
official said.

TAIWAN MAY BE “SACRIFICED”

The Global Times said
Trump’s endorsement of Taiwan was merely a ploy to further his
administration’s short term interests, adding: “Taiwan may be sacrificed
as a result of this despicable strategy.”

“If you do not beat them until they
are bloody and bruised, then they will not retreat,” Yang Yizhou, deputy
head of China’s government-run All-China Federation of Taiwan
Compatriots, told an academic meeting on cross-straits relations in
Beijing on Saturday.

Taiwan
independence must “pay a cost” for every step forward taken, “we must
use bloodstained facts to show them that the road is blocked,” Yang
said, according to a Monday report on the meeting by the official
People’s Daily Overseas Edition.

The
United States, which switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to
Beijing in 1979, has acknowledged the Chinese position that there is
only “One China” and that Taiwan is part of it.

The
China Daily said Beijing’s relatively measured response to Trump’s
comments in the Wall Street Journal “can only come from a genuine,
sincere wish that the less-than-desirable, yet by-and-large manageable,
big picture of China-U.S. relations will not be derailed before Trump
even enters office”.

But
China should not count on the assumption that Trump’s Taiwan moves are
“a pre-inauguration bluff, and instead be prepared for him to continue
backing his bet”.

“It may
be costly. But it will prove a worthy price to pay to make the next U.S.
president aware of the special sensitivity, and serious consequences of
his Taiwan game,” said the national daily.

 

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