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‘Serious Concern’ in Beijing at Trump’s Threat to End ‘One-China’ Policy


The following is an excerpt from ERIC BACULINAO and ALEXANDER SMITH | December 12, 2016 | msnbc.com |

BEIJING — China expressed "serious concern" Monday after President-elect Donald Trump suggested he might tear up the basis for decades of bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing.

Trump said Sunday that he could do away with the so-called "one-China" policy — an agreement by the United States to effectively side with China in its sovereignty dispute with the self-proclaimed republic of Taiwan.

This brought a stinging rebuke from Beijing.

"China expresses serious concern on this subject," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters. "If the [one China policy] is compromised or interfered with, any sound and steady development in China-U.S. relations and cooperation in various fields is out of the question."

The Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, went further, accusing Trump of being "very childish and impulsive."

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