State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times made a point aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would sure go through with “revenge” if he turned his back on the one-China policy, just hours after Taiwan’s president made an unexpected stopover in Houston.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met senior U.S. Republican lawmakers during her stopover in Houston on Sunday en route to Central America, where she is to pay a visit to Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai will stopover on Jan. 13 in San Francisco on her way back to Taiwan.
Beijing had demanded fro Washington not to let Tsai enter the United States and that she doesn’t receive any proper government meetings under the one China policy.
There is a photo tweeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that portrays him meeting Tsai, with a tiny table between them adorned with the U.S., Texas and Taiwanese flags. Tsai’s office stated on Monday that she also spoke by telephone with U.S. senator John McCain, head of the powerful Senate Committee on Armed Services. Tsai also met Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“Sticking to (the one China) principle is not a capricious request by China upon U.S. presidents, but an obligation of U.S. presidents to maintain China-U.S. relations and respect the existing order of the Asia-Pacific,” noted the Global Times editorial on Sunday. The powerful tabloid is published by the in power Communist Party’s official People’s Daily.
Trump caused protests from Beijing last month by receiving a congratulatory telephone call from Tsai and doubts about Washington’s intentions to China’s stance that Taiwan is part of one China.
“If Trump reneges on the one-China policy after taking office, the Chinese people will demand the government to take revenge. There is no room for bargaining,” the Global Times noted.
“The People’s Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves,” Cruz stated. “This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend.”
Cruz stated he and Tsai discussed potential bilateral relations and blooming economic relations between their countries, in which broadened access to Taiwanese markets that will have beneficial purpose for Texas ranchers, farmers and small businesses.
In a dinner speech Saturday to hundreds of overseas Taiwanese, Tsai stated that the United States has a “special place in the hearts of the people of Taiwan” and that the self-ruled island through bilateral negotiations has secured no less than than 320,000 jobs straight forwardly and secondary to the American people.
Tsai stated Taiwan is into the creation of more U.S. jobs through further investment, trade and procurement.
Tsai’s office stated that James Moriarty, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, which takes care of U.S.-Taiwan affairs in the deficit of formal relators, told the Taiwanese president in Houston that the United States was segueing with the attempts to make China continue the negotiations with Taiwan.
China is abnormally skeptic of Tsai, who is sure to plan the demand for the formal independence of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing thinks of as a renegade province, not quite capable for state-to-state relations as an independent one.
The Global Times, whose stance does not meet with government policy, also set its aim at Tsai in the editorial, stating that the mainland would most probably impose more diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan, making a point that “Tsai needs to face the consequences for every provocative step she takes”.
“It should also impose military pressure on Taiwan and push it to the edge of being reunified by force, so as to effectively affect the approval rating of the Tsai administration.”
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