Wang Yi: All must observe 'one China' policy

 China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference in Beijing on Dec 5, 2016.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference in Beijing on Dec 5, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

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.

United States 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, Mr 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 when it comes to this vital issue of right or wrong, no country can be an exception," the statement cited Mr Wang as saying.

He said he appreciated Mr Ayrault's clear stance on the "one China" issue.

Analysts told Reuters that even if the US - Taiwan's sole arms supplier - agrees to sell the advanced weaponry the island needs to deter a Chinese attack, Taipei will struggle to pay the bill.

"The trend in defence spending is a 'slow rise'," said Mr Chieh Chung, a long-time defence expert and researcher with the National Policy Foundation in Taipei, a think-tank.

"There isn't a lot of flexibility in government finances."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2016, with the headline 'Wang Yi: All must observe 'one China' policy'. Print Edition | Subscribe