China’s foreign ministry has lodged an official complaint after President-elect Trump held a telephone conversation with Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen.
The call marks a break in protocol after Washington cut ties with Taiwan in 1979.
No Amercian president has spoken to a Taiwanese leader for decades.
The US backs Beijing’s one China policy, which sees Taiwan as Chinese territory.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to reporters
“It was just a petty trick by Taiwan. It will not change the international bedrock of the One China policy. I think it will not change the One China policy that the US government has adhered to for years. The One China policy is the cornerstone and fundamental basis of the development of healthy China-US relations. Of course we hope it will mot be interfered with or damaged in any form.”
China has threatened military action if Taiwan moves towards independence.
Taiwan has diplomatic relations with 22 countries, but is not a member of the United Nations.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement is as follows:
“We have noticed such reports and have lodged a protest with the relevant side in the United States. I must point out, there is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, the government of People’s Republic of China is the only lawful government, and this is a truth that is recognised by the international society. The One China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship. We urge the relevant side in the US to uphold the One China policy, abide by the three Sino-US joint communiques, carefully handle the Taiwan issue to avoid unnecessary disturbances in ties.”