'One China' policy is 'non-negotiable': China tells Trump

Beijing, Jan 15: China today made it clear that the 'One China' policy is "non-negotiable" and "no one can change it", in a strong rebuttal to President-elect Donald Trump's plan to use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the 'One China' policy is the political foundation of bilateral ties and "is non-negotiable", following Trump's statement that the policy on Taiwan is up for negotiation and that he is not fully committed to it.

"Everything is under negotiation, including One China," Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Friday, questioning the decades-old-policy followed by Washington in its relations with Beijing. 

It must be pointed out that there is but 'One China' in the world, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, Lu said in a statement.

The government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China, "which is an internationally recognised fact and no one can change it," Lu said.

"We urge the relevant party in the United States to realise the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and abide by commitments made by previous US governments to the One China policy and the principles of the three joint communiques," he said without directly referring to Trump.

Lu urged the US side to properly deal with the Taiwan issue so as to avoid undermining the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties and cooperation in major areas, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.