China reportedly responds to Trump’s Taiwan call by flying nuclear-capable bomber

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville transits the South China Sea in July. Reports say China flew a nuclear-capable bomber along the so-called "Nine-Dash Line" over the disputed sea last week in response to President-elect Donald Trump's historic phone call with Taiwan's president. Andrew Schneider/U.S. Navy
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The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville transits the South China Sea in July. Reports say China flew a nuclear-capable bomber along the so-called "Nine-Dash Line" over the disputed sea last week in response to President-elect Donald Trump's historic phone call with Taiwan's president. Andrew Schneider/U.S. Navy

China reportedly responds to Trump’s Taiwan call by flying nuclear-capable bomber

by: Matthew Burke and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 13, 2016

Tensions are mounting following reports that China flew long-range military aircraft near Taiwan and over disputed parts of the South China Sea at a time when President-elect Donald Trump has questioned a longstanding diplomatic agreement between Washington and Beijing.

The flights reportedly came shortly before and after Trump broke decades of U.S. practice earlier this month by accepting a phone call from Taiwan’s president, but before Trump questioned the “One China” policy that has heavily influenced relations between the U.S., Taiwan and China since the 1970s.

Although differing from China’s “One China principle,” the U.S. stance allows arms sales to Taiwan without recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign state.
China considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must eventually be reunified with the mainland.

Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t feel “bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”

Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said Monday that Trump’s comments raised the possibility that U.S.-China relations would be “badly affected,” according to The Associated Press.

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