China reportedly responds to Trump’s Taiwan call by flying nuclear-capable bomber
Tensions are mounting following reports that China flew long-range military aircraft near Taiwan and over disputed parts of the South China Sea at a time when President-elect Donald Trump has questioned a longstanding diplomatic agreement between Washington and Beijing.
The flights reportedly came shortly before and after Trump broke decades of U.S. practice earlier this month by accepting a phone call from Taiwan’s president, but before Trump questioned the “One China” policy that has heavily influenced relations between the U.S., Taiwan and China since the 1970s.
Although differing from China’s “One China principle,” the U.S. stance allows arms sales to Taiwan without recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign state.
China considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must eventually be reunified with the mainland.
Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t feel “bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said Monday that Trump’s comments raised the possibility that U.S.-China relations would be “badly affected,” according to The Associated Press.
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