Beijing Pledges To ‘Take Off The Gloves’ If Trump Keeps Pressing On Taiwan

Key Points: English-language China Daily, Donald Trump, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, office, and Beijing

Chloe Angyal Front Page Editor, The Huffington Post SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has shown restraint in the face of provocations by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump over Taiwan, but if he continues after assuming office Beijing will “take off the gloves”, an official Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday.

Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and has since cast doubt on America’s commitment to a “One China” policy that recognizes the island as a part of China.

The China Daily said Beijing’s relatively measured response to Trump’s comments in the Wall Street Journal “can only come from a genuine, sincere wish that the less-than-desirable, yet by-and-large manageable, big picture of China-U.S. relations will not be derailed before Trump even enters office”.