President-elect Donald Trump has said that the USA "is being hurt very badly by China" - photo by Fox News video
In a television interview, President-elect Donald Trump has said, "I don't want China dictating to me" in reference to China's angry reaction and comments concerning his recent communications with Taiwan.
About a week and a half ago, President-elect Trump received a call from Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, congratulating him on his victory in the 2016 USA presidential elections. The call greatly angered China because, according to their One China Policy, there is only one China and Taiwan is only one part of China.
The USA broke official ties with Taiwan in 1979 in support of the "Once-China Policy". The USA has maintained friendly, yet unofficial ties with Taiwan since then.
In the interview on Fox News, Trump said, "I fully understand the 'One China' policy, but I don't understand why we have to be bound by the 'One China' policy unless we make a deal with China, having to do with other things, including trade."
Trump said that the USA is "being hurt very badly by China" because China is manipulating their currency in order to maintain a trade advantage, heavily and unfairly taxing USA products entering China, building a massive military complex within the South China Sea, and failing to help the USA and the world deal with the belligerent North Korea.
"China must resolutely battle Mr Trump, only after a few serious rebuffs then will he truly understand that China and other global powers cannot be bullied," China's Global Times said in response. The China news medium said that while Donald Trump may be a business man, "in the field of diplomacy, he is as ignorant as a child".
On Friday, China flew a nuclear bomber jet outside of its borders over the South China Sea, and USA officials said it was meant to send a warning to the USA.
to dictate - to demand / command someone to do something as if they are the authority
concessions - something that is given because it is asked for by another party; a yielding; a deal
bound by - restricted by; forced to obey
to manipulate - to control something in order to gain power
trade advantage - to have a benefit that other people do not have (concerning buying and selling products)
military complex - a large area filled with military buildings, facilities, and weapons
belligerent - threatening violence; very aggressive
resolutely - in a way that doesn't give in, give up, and/or relent; without quitting / stopping
to battle - to fight
news medium - internet news website / newspaper
rebuff - a rude rejection
diplomacy - dealing between countries
USA President-Elect Donald Trump has resumed official relations with Taiwan and its president Tsai Ing-wen - photo by EPA (left) / AP (right)
USA President-Elect Donald Trump has spoken directly to Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, which is a break from USA's 1979 policy of severing officials relations with Taiwan, after he was telephoned by Taiwan.
It is believed that this phone call will greatly anger China, as it considers Taiwan to be a renegade state.
China has hundreds and hundreds of missiles pointed directly at Taiwan, and insists that Taiwan is apart of China under their strict "One-China Policy". This "One-China Policy" has declared that there is only one China and Taiwan is only one part of China.
The USA broke official ties with Taiwan in 1979 in support of the "Once-China Policy". However, the USA has maintained friendly, yet unofficial ties with Taiwan since then.
During the call, President-Elect Trump also congratulated Ing-wen, Taiwain's first female president, on her landslide victory in the Taiwanese presidential elections in January 2016.
Trump's transition team also said that the President-Elect reaffirmed the USA's and Taiwan's "close economic, political, and security ties".
to sever - to cut
renegade - someone / group that leaves the main group; a runaway
landslide - a win by a very large amount (margin)
transition team - a group of people who work for the next president to prepare for his office
transition - a change
reaffirm - to state again as being true
Kun Shan Chun, 46, outside of a New York City court - photo by Nate Raymond / REUTERS
A China-born US-citizen and a longtime USA Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employee pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of 'acting as an agent of China' and admitted to sending Chinese officials sensitive information about the USA government.
Kun Shan Chun, 46, who worked as an electronics technician for the FBI since 1997, was secretly arrested in March 2016. He now faces 10 years in prison.
In order to gain top secret clearance while working for the FBI, Chun was expected to inform them on questionnaires of any foreign contacts that he had and he failed to do so. Chun also lied about travelling to meet his contacts at Chinese technology company Kolion, where he did research and consulted in exchange for benefits.
In meetings with an FBI undercover agent, Chun said he could introduce the agent to his Chinese contacts and only required a small amount of money for his introductions.
Chun is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
to plead - to declare in court if one is guilty or not guilty
one count - one complete act
to face - to (possibly) experience
undercover (adjective) - hiding the fact that someone is a police officer in order to catch a criminal
top secret clearance - the ability to access secret government information
questionnaire - a form that an organization asks a person to complete in order to give them personal information
FBI undercover agent - an FBI agent who pretends to not be an FBI agent
foreign contacts - business / social associates from another country; people from another country who someone does business with
to be sentenced - to be given a punishment in court