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    China's Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai has issued a firm warning to Washington against jeopardizing the bilateral relations between the countries, specifically referring to US President-elect Donald Trump's recent comments about the US "one China" policy.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, US President-elect Donald Trump said he would not be bound by the US "one China" policy regarding relations with Taiwan. Beijing regards Taiwan as its breakaway territory.

    “Basic norms of international relations should be observed, not ignored. Certainly not something you can trade off. Indeed, national sovereignty and territorial integrity are not bargaining chips. Absolutely not,” Cui said, as quoted by the CCTV broadcaster.

    According to the broadcaster, the ambassador said that the Chinese Foreign Ministry would not let the diplomatic shift of Trump's statement go without consequence.

    Tensions between the United States and China arose when following the election last month, Trump held a phone conversation with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen.

    The US One China policy, upheld by Washington since 1972, recognizes China and Taiwan as one nation.

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