Donald Trump Refuses to Budge on ‘One China' Policy, Says it is up for 'Negotiation'
US President-elect Donald Trump has refused to budge from his stern stance on "One China" policy, as he once again made it clear in a latest interview that China's most important foreign policy is pretty much up for negotiation.
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Trump's latest assertion on the "One China" policy is a mere reflection of his month-old statement given to an American news channel that US must use the policy as a bargaining chip against China.
In an interview to Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump categorically said "Everything is under negotiation including 'One China'."
He then brought up the contagious issues of China's trade practices and currency manipulation, clearly suggesting that America's commitment to "One China" policy will depend on Beijing making a positive movement on these issues.
Speaking specifically on currency manipulation, Trump said: "Instead of saying, 'we're devaluating our currency', they say, 'Oh, our currency is dropping'. It's not dropping. They're doing it on purpose."
He claimed that American companies are finding it difficult to compete with Chinese companies due to Beijing's currency manipulation tactics.
Trump's latest controversial statement comes barely 48 hours after his nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said that China should not be given any access to artificial islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea.
Trump has been targeting Beijing ever since his campaigning days. While many analysts shrugged his ant-Chinese tirade as election rhetoric, he proved them wrong by continuing with his tirade soon after the election victory.
The Republican leader first broke the diplomatic protocol by accepting a phone call from Taiwan's president. Barely a week after, he openly challenged the American government's unconditional commitment to the "One China" policy.