President-elect Donald Trump has never been one to follow policy, but when it comes to international relations, his questioning and constant battles with foreign policies could spell disaster before he is even inaugurated.
Now, Trump is willing to test the line of the “One China” policy, reports Bloomberg.
The red line that was established years ago by China regarding Taiwan is a sensitive topic. It is lose-lose in some professionals’ minds because two economic powers are battling over a single area.
Hopes that Beijing would strike a deal with Trump during his presidency are fading fast as he continues to anger China over his questions and lack of respect for policy.
China “Seriously Concerned”
China has made it clear that they are “seriously concerned,” reports CNN.
They are upset that President-elect Trump is questioning if a “One China” policy is worth the effort. In talks, Trump has signaled that he has no issues approaching Beijing to discuss a new policy regarding Taiwan. This has already angered officials in Beijing.
China has responded to Trump’s questions stating that cooperation with the United States is out of the question if Trump refuses to acknowledge the “One China” policy. This is a cornerstone of relations with Beijing that has been in place since the 1970s.
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry stated that Trump would do damage to any political foundation already in place if he questions this long-standing policy, reports NPR.
Trump’s comments were reported after he spoke with the Taiwanese President, who apparently called Trump to congratulate him on the victory in the election. While Trump’s people claim that the President contacted him, some believe that he arranged the phone call because Taiwan would know better than to violate a policy they have with China.
Trump’s banter may seem innocent, but it is a much bigger deal than he may realize. By playing these games, he has put United States-China relations into a position that they were not in before; and he is potentially removing a country that has worked with the United States into an enemy status.
Unfortunately, no one is sure what Trump wants or his motives for causing such ripples with China. One thing that experts agree on, however, is that Trump and China will have to face tensions that they have not been forced to face in the past, and if Trump continues his reign of treats, China could be a country the United States goes to war with soon.
The Global Times, which is controlled by the Communist China, has already responded to Trump’s actions, referring to Trump as an “ignorant child.”
Less than a week after Trump’s conversation with the Taiwanese President, China’s military flew one of their nuclear-capable bombers over the South China Sea’s disputed islands.
Taiwan has always been China’s core interest, so threatening it is not a smart move for any president. That core interest is what defines a reason for China to go to war with the United States.