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Trump Alarms Beijing With Criticism Of ‘One China’ Policy

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China on Monday said it had “serious concern” about President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent comments about Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province. Since 1979, the U.S. has recognized mainland China and maintained only unofficial relations with the island of Taiwan. Trump recently broke with tradition by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader, and on Sunday he said he didn’t feel “bound by a one-China policy.” Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said any change could make diplomatic cooperation between China and the U.S. “out of the question.” “We urge the new U.S. leader and government to fully understand the seriousness of the Taiwan issue,” Geng said, “and to continue to stick to the one-China policy.”

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