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U.S. President-Elect Trump on China, Taiwan and the South China Sea

The following is an excerpt from the interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump conducted by Fox News on Sunday, 11 December 2016. In this excerpt, Trump defended his phone call with Taiwan’s president and discussed his stance on China’s behaviour.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: You recently took a call from the President of Taiwan. And on the Sunday shows, including ours, some of your top aides said, “Oh, it was just a congratulatory call.” But the next day, some of your top aides said, no, in fact, you had been thinking about this for weeks in advance, to send a message.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT-ELECT: It’s all wrong —

WALLACE: So, which is it?

TRUMP: No, no. It’s all wrong. Not weeks. I took a call. 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. 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. You have North Korea. You have nuclear weapons and China could solve that problem and they’re not helping us at all. So, I don’t want China dictating to me and 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. I think it actually would’ve been very disrespectful, to be honest with you, not taking it.

Read the full transcript of the interview at https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3235546-Fox-News-Interview-With-Trump-Full-Transcript.html

Related articles:

Chinese Foreign Ministry Alarmed by Trump’s Remarks: https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/asia/100000004817279/china-concerned-at-trumps-one-china.html?action=click&contentCollection=world&module=lede&region=caption&pgtype=article

Official statements and positions on militarisation issue: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/official-positions-and-legal-instruments/on-militarization-issue/

Analyses and commentaries on militarisation issue: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/events-and-analyses/militarization-and-construction-in-the-south-china-sea/

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