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One-China policy foundation to develop Sino-US ties

By Xinhua
One-China policy foundation to develop Sino-US ties
An Fengshan, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council invites reporters to raise questions in a press conference in Beijing on April 27, 2016. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING – Adhering to the one-China principle is the political foundation to develop China-US ties and a cornerstone for peace and stability across the Taiwan strait, a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday.

An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the remarks at a press conference in response to US President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks on the one-China principle.

Our position against Taiwan independence is steadfast and we are determined, confident and capable of containing Taiwan independence

An Fengshan, Spokesperson , Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council

"Healthy and steady development of China-US ties will be out of the question if the basis of sticking to the one-China principle is disturbed or damaged," An said.

According to An, the Taiwan issue is about China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as China's core interests; breach of the principle will have a serious impact on peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The spokesperson stressed that there is only one China, and the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, which is based irrefutably in law and facts, as well as recognized by the international community.

"Facts will tell these people that Taiwan independence is a dead end," An said.

Reiterating the Chinese mainland's stance against Taiwan independence, An said "our position against Taiwan independence is steadfast and we are determined, confident and capable of containing Taiwan independence."

An also said the the Chinese mainland will contact or interact with Taiwan only if they accept the "1992 Consensus" endorsing the one-China principle.

As long as both parties agree on the "core meaning" of the 1992 Consensus, cross-Strait exchanges will continue, An said.

During the briefing, An also responded to suggestions that the mainland and Taiwan could jointly commemorate the Chinese people's war against Japanese aggression (1937-1945).

The war was fought by all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, and all made tremendous sacrifices, he said.

"Memorial activities held by cross-Strait compatriots will help us remember history and carry forward the national spirit demonstrated during the war," An said.

An also said such activities would help both sides to oppose behavior splitting national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

In a Fox News broadcast on Sunday, Trump said the US does not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China", challenging the consensus that the two countries have upheld for nearly four decades.

The US President-elect’s comments came after he prompted a sharp objection from China over his decision to accept a telephone call on Dec 2 from Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen. It was the first time a US president or president-elect has publicly spoken to a Taiwan leader in nearly four decades.

Later, the White House said US officials reiterated "our country's continued commitment to a one-China policy."

The policy has been in place for 40 years and is focused on promoting and preserving peace and stability in the strait separating China and Taiwan, which is in US interests, spokesman Josh Earnest said. "If the president-elect's team has a different aim, I'll leave it to them to describe," he said.

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Reacting to Trump’s Sunday’s comment, the Foreign Ministry urged him on Monday to act prudently on the Taiwan question to avoid "serious damage to the Sino-US relationship”.

Beijing could react with countermeasures in trade and regional issues , if Trump keeps challenging the time-tested one-China policy, which is the diplomatic cornerstone of relations between the world's two biggest economies, Chinese experts said.

"We urge the new US administration and its leader to fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan question," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday at a regularly scheduled news conference.

The one-China policy is the political foundation of the Sino-US relationship, and if this foundation is broken, Sino-US cooperation in key areas would have no basis, he said.

Geng said the Taiwan question must be handled in a prudent and proper manner to avoid serious damage to Sino-US ties.

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