On Sunday, Fox News aired an exclusive interview with President-elect Donald Trump in which Trump suggested that the U.S. shouldn’t “be bound by a One-China policy” and that he doesn’t “want China dictating” to him. The comments came after Trump received criticism for accepting a congratulatory call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week after some, including Chinese officials, said it was a violation of the One-China policy.
“I heard the call was coming probably an hour or two before. I fully understand the One-China policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a One-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” Trump told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I mean, look, we’re being hurt very badly by China with devaluation, with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don’t tax them, with building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they shouldn’t be doing, and frankly with not helping us at all with North Korea.”
“They’re not helping us at all,” Trump continued. “I don’t want China dictating to me.”
“This was a call put into me. I didn’t make the call, and it was a call, very short call saying congratulations, sir, on the victory. It was a very nice call. Short. And why should some other nation be able to say I can’t take a call?” Trump asked.
“I think it would have actually would have been very disrespectful, to be honest with you, not taking it,” the President-elect concluded.
On Monday, Chinese leaders spoke out with concern over whether or not the incoming President of the United States would respect the One-China policy and disregard Taiwan as a sovereign nation.
“We urge the new U.S. leader and government to fully understand the seriousness of the Taiwan issue, and to continue to stick to the one-China policy,” Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said.
You can watch the full interview of President-elect Donald Trump on Fox News Sunday here: