World Ch. Schedule : THU 20:00 KST
* Date : 2016-12-24
China and the U.S. - The diplomatic atmosphere between these two nations has been very strange. On December 11th, during an interview with Fox news, Trump questioned whether the U.S. should continue to abide by the 'One China' policy. As Trump's call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2nd had already troubled Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry urged the U.S. to adhere to its 'One China' policy. Meanwhile, China has been taking a more aggressive stance toward the US. China has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organization against America for refusing to recognize it as a market economy, while seizing a U.S. navy drone in the contentious South China Sea. Trump's statements in the recent days have contributed to rapidly cooling ties between the United States and China. We look at what intentions the president-elect may have on ties with Beijing.
'One China' policy maintains that Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau are all under the sovereignty of one China, and that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government. And this longstanding rule had been stirred up by President-elect Donald Trump, whose remark has caused the current discord between Washington and Beijing. The conflict had also escalated the tension on the Korean peninsula, as the issue of North Korea also lies between the two nations. Some experts believe that Trump is trying to use the 'One China' policy as a bargaining chip in hopes of gaining more leverage on trade and North Korea's nuclear issue. But others claim that if Washington pressures China with the issue of Taiwan, Beijing may instead use its influence on Pyongyang to retaliate. As the conflict between Washington and Beijing has been set off by the ‘One China' policy, we sit down to discuss how a potential shift in relations may affect cooperation on the North Korea front.