Why Trump Can’t ‘Haggle’ Over the One-China Policy

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Important, even vital, American national interests as well as global peace and stability are at stake in how – indeed, whether – President-elect Donald Trump understands the underlying principles of the United States’ long-standing “one-China” policy and the mutual commitments involved in the normalisation of relations with the People’s Republic of China.

On the face of it, the president-elect seems to believe that, having identified an issue of great importance to Beijing (“one China”), he can leverage Chinese cooperation on issues of importance to Washington by suggesting he is willing to forego continued cooperation on that critical Chinese interest.

This article was originally published in the South China Morning Post on December 17, 2016. Read the full article here.

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