Following President-elect Donald Trump’s acceptance of a congratulatory phone call on December 2 from Tsai Ing-wen (shown, right), the president of the Republic of China (ROC, popularly known as Taiwan) the communist government of the mainland People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued a formal complaint about Trump’s action.
On December 3, the People’s Republic’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang issued a statement asserting that “there is only one China in the world.”
“We have noticed relevant reports and lodged solemn representation with the relevant side in the United States,” Shuang’s statement read.
“I must point out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory…. The ‘one China’ principle is the political foundation of China-U.S. relations.
“We urge the relevant side in the U.S. to adhere to the ‘one China’ policy, abide by the pledges in the three joint China-US communiques, and handle issues related to Taiwan carefully and properly to avoid causing unnecessary interference to the overall China-U.S. relationship,” continued Shuang’s statement.
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