İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on 13 January, Trump said the One China policy was debatable. In return, China's foreign ministry reminded that the consent over the One China policy was a pre-requisite for bilateral relations between USA and China and declared that it was non-negotiable.
Flowingly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the United States was clearly aware of China's position on the policy. She said "Any person should understand that in this world there are certain things that cannot be traded or bought and sold’’. She added "The One China principle is the precondition and political basis for any country for having relations with China."
Additionally, two influential Chinese newspapers, China Daily and The Global Times, warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as Beijing will "take off the gloves" in case of a change in the policy.. China Daily reported "If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves". Secondly, The Global Times, a powerful state-run tabloid, said Beijing would take strong countermeasures against Trump's attempt to impair the One China principle.
Trump pegged down his ambitions to leave the One China policy as he said the United States did not necessarily have to stick on to it. In December, Trump held a 10-minte phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai. Then, he tweeted as "The President of Taiwan called me today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!". Taiwanese authorities claimed that the call was arranged by Trump’s Taiwan-friendly campaign staff and each side was informed before the talk. This led to a dispute between old and the new government of U.S. as Secretary of State , John Kerry, criticized Trump as it would be "valuable" if President-elect Trump informed current officials about any calls with foreign leaders beforehand.
USA adopted the 'One China’ policy in 1972 after meetings between President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Tse-tsung had conducted. Later policy was solidified by Jimmy Carter. However US has retained its unofficial ties with Taiwan.