Published: Сб, Января 21, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

China Demands Trump Ban Taiwanese Delegation from Inauguration

Trump claims he can bring some of those jobs back through tougher negotiations with Beijing, but China's ministry of commerce warned Thursday that launching a trade war "will only make both countries suffer".

Trump will be sworn in as US president on, amid strained diplomatic ties after he questioned Beijing's "One China" policy on Taiwan and vowed to put high tariffs on goods from China.

"We again urge the relevant side in the United States not to allow the Taiwan authority to send a so-called delegation to the United States to attend the presidential inauguration and not have any form of official contact with Taiwan", Hua told a regular news briefing.

He asked Washington to convey to Beijing the importance of mutual respect and communication with Taiwan and to urge Beijing to adopt a more rational and friendly attitude toward Taipei.

Although Taiwan's President Tsai has said she wants to maintain peace with China, she is suspected by the Chinese of wanting to push for Taiwanese independence, which would be a red line for the global power.

In Washington, a top aide to US President Obama on Tuesday reiterated the stance of the current administration that the "One-China" policy is "not negotiable", slamming any effort to reopen the issue as "dangerous".

Officials have not said publicly that China is preparing retaliatory measures but state media have emphasized its importance as a market for USA soybeans and other exports and warned against starting a "trade war".

According to a report published recently by the U.S.

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There is a certain irony in Beijing, which only joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001 and is regularly accused of protectionist policies, now stepping up as a champion of globalisation.

"But the US will be the first to be injured and their injuries will be more severe", she said, adding that China could "definitely defeat the U.S".

"They are tightening controls over the media and public opinion to smooth over the recent confrontations, ridicule and uncertainties with an excess of official diplomacy, to try to fix the relationship, not just with the US, but with Taiwan as well", he said. "All we're asking for now is to create more symmetry in these trade agreements", he said.

Communist leaders have promised to make China's state-dominated economy more productive by opening more industries to private and foreign competitors.

Beijing also faces USA and European complaints it is threatening thousands of jobs overseas by exporting steel, aluminum, solar panels and other goods at improperly low prices.

But on the eve of Trump's swearing in, China's government and state-run media struck a conciliatory tone with the man about to become the United States' 45th president.

In December, Trump established the White House National Trade Council, led by Peter Navarro, a hard-line critic of China.

Still, non-Chinese companies continue to complain about access, with 80 percent of United States companies saying foreign firms feel less welcome in a recent American Chamber of Commerce in China survey. "How could Trump's team believe China would surrender without any countermeasures?" the paper said. "It makes me very anxious about the China relationship". Xi pledged China would import $8 trillion of goods in the next five years and invest $750 billion overseas.

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