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China lodges protest after Trump’s call with Taiwan President
03.12.16 - TEAM PT
China lodges protest after Trump’s call with Taiwan President



China on Satruday lodged a protest with the US over President-elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented telephone talk with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wenz, asking Washington to honour its commitment for One-China policy. "China has lodged solemn representations with the US, urging the US to honour its commitment to the One-China policy,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday.

"We have taken note of the relevant reports and made solemn representations about it to the relevant US side. It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” he said.
 
The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan's leadership was the first by a US president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China".

China's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with what it called the "relevant US side", urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances in ties.
 
Speaking earlier, hours after Friday's telephone call, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly blamed Taiwan for the exchange, rather than Trump, a billionaire businessman with little foreign policy experience.

"This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the 'one China' structure already formed by the international community," Wang said at an academic forum in Beijing, state media reported.
 
China regards self-ruling Taiwan as part of its own territory awaiting reunification under Beijing's rule, any US move that would imply support for independence would likely trigger fury.
 
A statement from Trump’s transition team said he spoke with Tsai, who offered her congratulations.

Trump tweeted later: "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”
 
The Taiwanese presidential office also issued a statement saying Trump and Tsai discussed issues affecting Asia and the future of US relations with Taiwan.




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After 'Productive' Trump-Sharif phone call, Pakistan sending envoy to meet Trump's team
03.12.16 - TEAM PT
After 'Productive' Trump-Sharif phone call, Pakistan sending envoy to meet Trump's team



Pakistan has decided to send an envoy to the US to hold meetings with Donald Trump’s transition team, two days after a "productive” telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the President-elect.
 
Pakistani Prime Minister's special assistant for foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi will visit the US this weekend to meet officials of the Trump transition team.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani confirmed the report of Fatemi's meeting with officials of Trump transition team. "Besides meeting members of the transition team, Fatemi will meet officials of the outgoing Obama administration," said Jilani.
 
US President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to take the oath on January 20 but he has already set up a provisional team, encouraging foreign leaders and officials to visit his headquarters in New York for familiarisation meetings.

Fatemi, who is coming on a two—week official visit, is also expected to meet some members of this team and in Washington, "he will also meet new US lawmakers elected last month,” Jilani told a news briefing at the embassy.
 
"This is a very important visit as much has happened in Washington since the November 8 elections," Jilani said.
 
Donald Trump has been criticised by both the opposition Democrats and the media for "talking to foreign leaders… without consulting US officials’’.
 
Last week, Sharif had called Trump to congratulate him as the two leaders discussed various issues.
 
According to a statement issued by the office of Pakistan Prime Minister, Donald Trump told Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan is a "fantastic” country full of "fantastic” people that he "would love” to visit as president.

The statement also added that Trump described Sharif  as a "terrific” leader.”

"Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems,” the statement quoted Donald Trump as saying.
 
The Trump transition team, however,  clarified on Friday that though US president-elect Donald Trump did have a ‘productive conversation’ with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone on Wednesday, it lacked the "flowery language” included in the Pakistani version of this talk.

According to a report in ‘Dawn’, the Trump transition team pointed out that the Pakistani readout of the talk "committed the president-elect to more than what he meant”.




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