U.S.-China relations in Trump era will focus on economics: Yates

A member of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said Friday that in the Trump administration, relations with China will focus on economic issues, with the aim of protecting U.S. interests.

Stephen Yates, deputy national security advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney, made the remarks when answering questions from reporters after he visited the Taiwan Style Foundation in Taipei, a local think tank.

Asked if the Trump government will stick to the “one China” policy, Yates pointed out that Trump has not yet been sworn in, and that there has not been a team formed for policies in that area.

Trump’s one-China policy will not become clear until the team is organized, he said, but it is understandable that the new president will handle U.S.-China relations with a new mindset, which will particularly focus on economic issues that protect American interests.

Trump, a multi-billionaire and real estate mogul, surprised the world by beating his competitor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the U.S. presidential election in November.

Yates is on a private visit to Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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