January 14, 2017 / 6:24 PM / 2 years ago

"One China" principle is non-negotiable - Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that its “One China” principle was the non-negotiable political basis for China-U.S. relations, and urged “relevant parties” in the United States to recognise the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue.

A woman rides a bike past Taiwan and China national flags during a rally held by a group of pro-China supporters calling peaceful reunification, 6 days before the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, in Taipei, Taiwan May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

The comments, posted on the foreign ministry’s website, were a direct response to remarks by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he said the “One China” policy was negotiable.

Since 1979, the United States has acknowledged Taiwan as part of “one China”, but Trump prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing by accepting a congratulatory phone call on his election win from President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Dec. 2.

Reporting by John Ruwitch; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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