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WashPost: Trump Risks War by Flouting 'One-China' Policy

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 11:56 AM

President-elect Donald Trump's recent saber-rattling about using the "One-China" policy as a bargaining chip could risk war with the country, an author and academic wrote for The Washington Post.

Steven Goldstein, director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop and associate at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University, said a break from decades of diplomatic protocol with China over Taiwan "runs the risk of grossly destabilizing U.S.-China relations, and even risks war."

Trump has already shaken and offended China by talking with the "President of Taiwan," Tsai Ing-wen, since the only common ground regarding Taiwan between the U.S. and China is that Taiwan is not a state, Goldstein writes.

Further, for Trump to throw Taiwan's status in as a bargaining chip on the "One-China" policy would be akin to a foreign country using California as a negotiating point against the U.S., Goldstein writes.

What Trump sees as negotiable, when it comes to Taiwan, "China's position is driven by a desire for national unity that China's leadership has defined as existential and nonnegotiable," Goldstein writes.

Something China made clear to Trump on Monday.

"Adherence to the One-China policy is the political bedrock for the development of the China-U.S. relationship," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. "If it is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the China-U.S. relationship as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields would be out of the question."

China's response came after Trump's Sunday interview on Fox News when he said, "I fully understand the One-China policy, but I don't know why we have to be bound by a One-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."

Move forward at our own risk, writes Goldstein.

"On the one hand, it apparently misses the subtle, but extremely significant, differences between the American 'one China policy' and the Chinese 'one China principle," Goldstein writes. "On the other, it endangers the central tenet of American policy in the area — the maintenance of the status quo."

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