Trump aide plays down prospect of upending 'one China' policy

Taiwan's Presidential Office reacted to Obama's statement on Saturday by thanking the US leader for his long support in providing the country defensive weapons in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act over the past eight years, in promoting bilateral economic and trade ties between the two, and in backing Taiwan's participation in global affairs.

"We still stand by a one-China policy and we will not change our stance", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

President Barack Obama said on Friday it was fine for President-elect Donald Trump to take another look at the United States' one-China policy toward Taiwan, but he cautioned that a change in USA diplomatic policy would lead to consequences from China.

"And that status quo, although not completely satisfactory to any of the parties involved, has kept the peace".

Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council said that the Republic of China is a sovereign nation committed to promoting peaceful and stable relations with China, and reiterated that the government remains committed to preserving peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait and in the region.

U.S. President Barack Obama attends his final news conference of the year in White House in Washington D.C., the United States, Dec. 16, 2016. The island's government later thanked the Obama Administration for recognizing Taiwan's efforts in maintaining the status quo, but gave no comment on Washington's foreign policy.

According to Priebus, the USA military should not "want that drone back" after it had been handled by the Chinese government.

The legislator suggested that Obama might have been trying to steer Trump away from a radical approach on its China policy to avoid irritating Beijing.

US President-elect Donald Trump's comments - that he may not abide by the One-China Policy - have led to concerns of how China-US ties will fare under his administration.

And now some of the strongest USA allies are weighing in.

National Cheng Chi University Institute of International Relations Professor Yen Chen-shen (嚴震生) said if any party deviates from the "status quo", it could place Taiwan in danger, force China's hand into resolving a problem it does not want to address and drag the USA into a war in which it might not want to intervene.

Lai I-chung (賴怡忠) of Taiwan Thinktank predicted that Obama's remarks will not have any impact on Trump's policy in the future.

Obama noted that, under the decades-old policy, China had recognised Taiwan was its own entity that did things its own way, while Taiwan had agreed that, with some autonomy, it would not charge ahead and declare independence. "If you're going to upend this understanding, you have to have thought through what the consequences are".