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China Concerned After US President-elect Donald Trump Questions One-China policy

Trump made these comments during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

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December 13, 2016: Chinese analysts have dismissed Donald trump’s questions on the continuance of One-China policy saying that the statements made by the US President-elect is based on superficial knowledge and Beijing should ask him to stick to the status quo.

The One-China policy states that countries with diplomatic relations with People’s Republic of China(Mainland China) must not have any official relations with Republic of China(Taiwan) and vice versa.

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In a statement made by President-elect Donald Trump, United States can change its long-standing position of considering Taiwan as a part of China. He questioned the four decades old policy of China and whether the US should continue the policy.

Trump made these comments on Fox News Sunday after he had prompted a protest from China after he accepted a call from Taiwan’s president on 2nd December. Trump said that if he hadn’t taken that call it would have been disrespectful. The president had called just to congratulate him on his win.

“I fully understand the ‘one China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” Trump told Fox.

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However, China hasn’t responded officially to these statements made by Trump in an interview with Fox News.

According to PTI, the state-run global Times quotes the Chinese analyst saying that Trump should understand the complexity of Sino-US ties and stop being manipulated by some other forces.

“We’re being hurt very badly by China with devaluation, with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don’t tax them, with building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they shouldn’t be doing, and frankly with not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said.

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“You have North Korea. You have nuclear weapons and China could solve that problem and they’re not helping us at all.

Trump said that China is not cooperating with the US on its currency, North Korea, or in the disputed South China issue. He said that China is building a massive fortress.

Professor at China Foreign Affairs University, Li Haidong, said, “Trump’s  knowledge about Sino-US relations, particularly the Taiwan question, is very superficial, which gives him the nerve to say whatever he likes. As a businessman, he thinks it is quite normal to do business, but he has not realized that the Taiwan question is not a business to China. The Taiwan question is not negotiable

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U.S. Appeals Court Refuses To Enforce Asylum Ban On Immigrants

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A divided U.S. appeals court late Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

The ban is inconsistent with an existing U.S. law and an attempted end-run around Congress, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision.

“Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench,’ neither may the Executive legislate from the Oval Office,” 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, a nominee of Republican President George W. Bush, wrote for the majority.

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A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, Steven Stafford, did not have comment. But he referred to an earlier statement that called the asylum system broken and said the department looked forward to “continuing to defend the Executive Branch’s legitimate and well-reasoned exercise of its authority to address the crisis at our southern border.”

Trump proclamation

At issue is President Donald Trump’s Nov. 9 proclamation that barred anyone who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border between official ports of entry from seeking asylum. Trump issued the proclamation in response to caravans of migrants approaching the border.

A lower court judge temporarily blocked the ban and later refused to immediately reinstate it. The administration appealed to the 9th Circuit for an immediate stay of Judge Jon Tigar’s Nov. 19 temporary restraining order.

In a dissenting opinion Friday, 9th Circuit Judge Edward Leavy said the administration “adopted legal methods to cope with the current problems rampant at the southern border.” Nothing in the law the majority cited prevented a rule categorically barring eligibility for asylum on the basis of how a person entered the country, Leavy, a nominee of Republican President Ronald Reagan, said.

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Federal law is clear

In his Nov, 19 ruling, Tigar sided with legal groups who argued that federal law is clear that immigrants in the U.S. can request asylum regardless of whether they entered legally.

The president “may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” the judge said in his order.

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The ruling led to an unusual public dispute between Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts after Trump dismissed Tigar — an appointee of Trump’s predecessor — as an “Obama judge.”

Roberts responded with a statement that the federal judiciary doesn’t have “Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” (VOA)