German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that her country, Europe's biggest economic power, won't be changing its policy on China and Taiwan after US President-elect Donald Trump raised questions about the future US stance.
Ms Merkel was asked on Monday whether she, like Mr Trump, would be prepared to speak to Taiwan's President and what Mr Trump's recent comments on China mean for Europe. She replied: "We continue to stand by the one-China policy and we will not change our position."
The one-China policy means recognizing Beijing as China's capital and maintaining only unofficial relations with Taiwan. Mr Trump said over the weekend he wouldn't feel "bound by a one-China policy."
Ms Merkel has visited China regularly over 11 years as Chancellor and cultivated economic ties, though she irked Beijing by receiving the Dalai Lama in 2007.