Donald Trump's Top Aide Shrugs Off Chances of Reviewing 'One China' Policy
President-elect Donald Trump's top aide on Sunday played down Trump's recent controversial comment on 'One China' policy. The top aide, who will be the new White House chief of staff, suggested that there is less possibility that the incoming president would overhaul the US government's stance on 'One China' policy.
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"We are not suggesting that we're revisiting 'One China' policy right now," Trump aide Reince Priebus said in an interview with Fox News channel. "He is not president right now and he's respectful to the current president."
Washington recognized 'One China' Policy during Jimmy Carter's presidency in 1979. The policy basically denotes that China and Taiwan are one nation, impinging on the sovereignty of the island nation.
Trump's comment on the 'One China' principle was made last week during a television interview on Fox News channel. He called on to review the US government's commitment to the 'One China' policy "unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."
Before offering this controversial statement, Trump took an even more proactive step that left Chinese leadership completely miffed. He broke the decade-long diplomatic protocol by accepting a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
Although the roughly 10-minute phone conversation was very formal in nature, it was enough to cast concern on the future of Sino-China relationship.
The US President-elect's aggressive stance against China prompted cautious warning from outgoing President Barack Obama last week. Obama warned that a shift in traditional foreign policy could have an adverse effect on bilateral relationship with China.
Trump has been firing salvos against China right from the days of election campaign, calling China a "job thief" and "currency manipulator." He also warned in one of his election campaigne that China would behave under his presidency.