Chinese state tabloid warns of Beijing ‘taking revenge’ if Trump ditches one-China policy

Global Times also calls for military pressure ‘to push Taiwan to the edge of being reunited by force’

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 January, 2017, 11:53am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 January, 2017, 11:53am

State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times sounded a warning to US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday only hours after Taiwan’s president transited Houston, saying that China would seek to “take revenge” should Trump renege on the one-China policy.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met senior US Republican lawmakers during her stopover in Houston en route to Central America, where she will visit Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Beijing had asked Washington not to allow Tsai to enter the United States and that she not have any formal government meetings under the one China policy.

“Sticking to (the one China) principle is not a capricious request by China upon US presidents, but an obligation of US presidents to maintain China-US relations and respect the existing order of the Asia-Pacific,” the Global Times said in an editorial. The influential tabloid is published by the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily.

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Trump triggered protests from Beijing last month by accepting a congratulatory telephone call from Tsai and questioning Washington’s long-standing position that Taiwan is part of one China. He has said that he will not meet Tsai.

The Global Times said Beijing did not need to feel grateful to Trump for not meeting Tsai, but added: “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.”

China is deeply suspicious of Tsai, who it thinks wants to push for the formal independence of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing regards as a renegade province, ineligible for state-to-state relations.

Tsai will travel through the United States again on her way back from Latin America on January 13 with a stopover in San Francisco, according to her presidential office. The second stop over will occur before Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

The Global Times, whose stance does not equate with government policy, also targeted Tsai in the editorial, saying that the mainland would likely impose further military pressure on Taiwan, warning that “Tsai needs to face the consequences for every provocative step she takes”.

“The mainland should mobilise all possible measures to squeeze Taiwan’s diplomacy as well as deal a heavy blow to Taiwan’s economy,” it said.

“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.”