>> China expressing, quote, serious concern on Monday after comments made by Donald Trump on Fox News Sunday where the President-elect questioned whether the US had to stick to a long held position that Taiwan is part of One China. In the interview Trump said, quote, 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.
China's foreign ministry is saying cooperation with the U.S. was, quote, out of the question if Washington could not recognize Beijing's core interest on Taiwan, indicating it would reject any effort by Trump to use the issue as a bargaining chip. The latest friction with China coming after Trump's decision to accept a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's president in early December, the first such contact with Taiwan by a U.S. President-elect or President since Jimmy Carter was in office.
Trump also defended the call in the interview, saying, quote, why should some other nation be able to say I can't make a call? And added that he thought it would have been, quote, very disrespectful not to take it. China's foreign ministry spokesman urged the incoming Trump administration to fully recognize the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and uphold a One China policy to, quote, avoid the broader picture of China/US ties being seriously interfered with or damaged.
In the Fox interview, Trump also criticized China over many of its other policies on issues like devaluing its currency, the South China Sea, and North Korea.