Trump’s Taiwan phone call won’t change US’ One-China principle: China's FM Published: 2016/12/3 13:26:55 Last Updated: 2016/12/3 13:43:03

The phone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen will not change Washington's One-China principle, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday. 
The phone call was "a trick of the Taiwanese side" and won't change the international consensus that there is only one China, Wang responded during an interview after the Symposium on the International Development and China’s Diplomacy in 2016.
Wang added that the phone call won't change the one-China principle the US has adhered to for years.
"The one-China principle is the cornerstone of Sino-US relations and we don't want to see the political principle be disrupted or damaged," said Wang.
Trump spoke with Tsai, who offered her congratulations on his election victory, according to a statement of Trump' transition team. 

The call marks the first between a US president or president-elect and a Taiwan leader since 1979.
"The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!" tweeted Trump.
About an hour later, he responded to the reactions generated by his first post. 
"Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call," he posted. 
Both sides noted that "close economic, political and security ties exist between Taiwan and the US," the Trump transition team said in a statement, while Taiwan's “presidential office” said the two discussed strengthening bilateral interactions and establishing closer cooperation.

Wang Chong, deputy secretary of Beijing-based Charhar Institute echoed the ministry in saying the call will not change the long-standing recognition of a “one-China” by the US. 

"For Trump’s lack of political experience, this can be a test for him on how to handle the Taiwan issue. And he did try to clarify himself after the media uproar," said Wang.

Wang Chong suggested that Tsai wanted to cozy up to Trump after the election. 

"She might have misunderstood the situation," said Wang Chong.

The White House responded to the call by reaffirming its one-China policy stance.
"There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues," Emily Horne, National Security spokeswoman, told AFP.
"We remain firmly committed to our One-China policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations," said Horne.

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