China is losing its patience with Donald Trump and has vowed to “take off the gloves” if the president-elect continues provoking Taiwan over the "one China" policy.
In December, Trump angered Beijing after he took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen upon his presidential victory.
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
In 1979, the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing which means it acknowledges that there is only "one China" and that Taiwan is part of it. This policy is the basis of the strong China-U.S. ties and has absolutely no room for negotiation.
However, the president-elect recently gave The Wall Street Journal an interview where he stated that the one China policy was up for negotiation. This, in turn, made Beijing doubt the United States’ commitment to Chinese-American ties.
"If Trump is determined to use this gambit in taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves," the China Daily said.
"The Chinese mainland will be prompted to speed up Taiwan reunification and mercilessly combat those who advocate Taiwan's independence," the paper added.
Trump’s endorsement of Taiwan is, like many other of his activities, being seen as a means to achieving his own personal interests.
“The Chinese are very morose about Taiwan. It has always been the most sensitive issue in the US-Chinese relationship, said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.