而中国官方的回应和对“台湾方面搞的一个小动作”(a little trick from Taiwan)的判断,释放了淡定从容的鲜明信号。



About US President-elect Trump's phone call with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, you said on Saturday you have lodged representations with the relevant US side. Can you tell us exactly whom did you lodge the representations with? Is it the US government or the Trump transition team? How did they respond? How is the Chinese government's relationship with the Trump team at the moment? Do you have smooth contact with them?

Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Spokesperson of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office have already stated China's solemn stance on this matter over the weekend. As to what you asked, I can tell you that the Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the relevant party on the US side both in Beijing and Washington. China has got its message across to the world as a whole with regard to Taiwan-related issues. The US side, President-elect Trump's team included, is also fully aware of China's solemn attitude on the issue. 

Following his phone call with Tsai, Trump made a post on Twitter, questioning China's monetary policy, accusing China of deliberately lowering its exchange rate, imposing high tariffs on US imports, and establishing huge military facilities in the South China Sea. What is China's response to this? Do you regard this as a slip-up due to his personal background or a signal of major change in the US policy toward China? Does China still take Trump as a credible partner whom China can work with in the next four years to come? 

On your first question, I think it is very clear to all that for many years China-US economic and trade relations have been highly mutually beneficial aiming for win-win results, otherwise it could not have been where it is today. To maintain such sound momentum of development, it will take both sides to work together on the basis of upholding major principles in bilateral relations. 
We will not speculate on what motivates President-elect Trump and his team into taking certain moves. But we will surly make ourselves clear if what they say concerns China. 


You spoke about the difference between Trump's statements and the policies he might pursue once he takes office in January. To what extent do his statements now have any predictive value in what he might do as President? Do you expect that his tweets suggest a tougher line on policies towards China? Do these tweets have any value in China as China assesses how it will pursue its relationship with the US after Trump takes office? 
I did not say about differentiating what Mr. Trump says and does now with his future policies as president. This is your own judgment. What I said is that instead of conjecturing about the considerations behind what was said and done by President-elect Trump and his team, we only comment on things that have happened

As we have been saying and as you all know, Taiwan-related issues remain the most significant and sensitive part in China-US relations. China-US relations have been moving forward for nearly 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. The one-China policy and the basic principles embodied in the three joint communiqués between China and the US remain a solid political premise of the sound and steady development of bilateral relations and mutually beneficial cooperation. China-US relations and mutually beneficial cooperation will embark on a brighter future only if the two countries hold fast to this political premise. 




而其外交记者Jonathan Marcus在名为Can Donald Trump continue his Twitter diplomacy? (特朗普能延续他的推特外交吗?)的文章中直言不讳:
We don't know if the tweets will continue when Mr Trump enters the White House. But if they do, they threaten not just to ruffle feathers abroad but also to sow uncertainty within his own administration.
The president may be the ultimate arbiter but once in office he cannot risk publicly second-guessing his key cabinet appointments. But there's another problem too. The tweet, as a medium, is by definition short and off-the-cuff.
Policymaking, by contrast, requires coolness, deliberation and a weighing up of options. The danger is that Twitter diplomacy, for all its honesty, could exacerbate crisis instead of resolving it.


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