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China lodges representations to US over call

By Xinhua/chinadaily.com.cn
 China lodges representations to US over call
Foreign Minister Wang Yi takes questions from the press during a news conference on the sidelines of the two sessions on March 8. (Photo / China Daily)

BEIJING - China has lodged solemn representations with the United States, urging the US to honor its commitment to the one-China policy, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday.

I believe the call will not change the one-China policy the US has been observing over many years

Wang Yi, Foreign Minister

Geng's remarks came after US President-elect Donald Trump spoke over phone on Friday with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen.  

Earlier on the day, Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the phone call a "petty action" by Taiwan, and said the call will "not at all" change the one-China situation in the international community.

Wang made the remarks after the opening ceremony of a symposium on international situation and China's foreign policy in Beijing, when asked to comment on the phone call which took place on Friday.

"I believe the call will not change the one-China policy the US has been observing over many years," Wang said.

He also said the policy is the political basis of the healthy development of China-US relations, and China doesn't want to see any disturbance to such basis.

The ABC News Radio quoted Trump's transition team as saying that the two discussed the "close economic, political, and security ties between Taiwan and the United States".

Meanwhile, the White House reaffirmed backing for its long-standing one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques

"We remain firmly committed to our one-China policy based on the three joint communiques," White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price told local media on Friday. "Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-strait relations."

Trump's transition team confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon that Trump spoke with Tsai. Trump later wrote in his Twitter that Tsai "CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency."

It is universally recognized by the international community that there is only one China in the world, and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has made clear that adherence to one-China policy is the prerequisite for Taiwan to conduct contacts with foreign countries or participate in international activities.

 
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