World

No Country Exception to ‘One-China’ Principle, Says China

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing, China December 5, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing, China December 5, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Beijing: The ‘one China’ principle is the basis for developing ties with China and no country can be an exception to this rule, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told his French counterpart.

US President-elect Donald Trump has upset China by speaking with the president of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, and casting doubt on Washington’s nearly four-decade policy of recognising that Taiwan is part of ‘one China’.

Speaking with French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Wang said the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, China’s foreign ministry said late on Thursday.

“The one-China principle is the prerequisite and basis for other countries to develop their relations with China and that when it comes to this vital issue of right or wrong, no country can be an exception,” the statement cited Wang as saying.

Wang said he appreciated Ayrault’s clear stance on the ‘one China’ issue.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control. China considers Taiwan independence a red line issue.

  • kps ganapathy

    When one china can be its cardinal principle, which India respects, why China encourages pakistan its all weather friend on azhar, on nuclear proliferation, missile proliferation etc. Those in glass houses should not throw stones. practice what you preach others. If it doesn’t we must go back on Tibet.