United States President-elect Donald Trump has said that there was no point in continuing with the “One China” policy if Beijing does not make trade concessions, reported The Guardian. “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 don’t want China dictating to me,” he told Fox News.
According to the policy in question, Beijing and Washington both consider Taiwan as part of China. The US-China relations have been hit ever since Trump stirred a diplomatic row on December 2 with his phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. China had lodged a complaint with US and urged Washington “to cautiously, properly handle Taiwan issue to avoid unnecessary disturbance to Sino-US relations”. The White House, however, said that Trump’s conversation does not signal any change in US policy. However, Trump defended his conversation with the Taiwanese leader during the interview with the news channel.
Meanwhile, Trump rejected intelligence reports that suggested Russia had tried to manipulate the presidential election and helped him win the race. “I don’t believe it,” Trump told in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the aim of the cyber intrusions from Russia was to help Trump win the election, The Washington Post had reported on Friday.
According to the CIA reports, Russia had hacked both the Republican and the Democrat’s accounts but chose to reveal the contents of the latter only. But, the billionaire businessman alleged that it was another ploy by the Democrats to camouflage the embarrassing defeat of Hillary Clinton. “They [intelligence agencies] have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody sitting on a bed some place,” he added.
Trump’s remarks come at a time when Republican senators – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – have joined the Democrats to call for a greater public disclosure of the cyber attacks from Moscow. “It’s clear the Russians interfered. Whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that’s a subject of investigation,” McCain told CBS.