China state media blasted U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump after he told The Wall Street Journal the “one-China” policy is negotiable.

The China Daily said Monday Trump is reinforcing the impression that he intends to use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in relations with Beijing. It warned the result would be “a period of fierce, damaging interactions,” as Beijing will have no choice but to “take the gloves off.”

Taiwan expert Bruce Jacobs of Australia’s Monash University told VOA the Chinese reaction is what one might have expected.

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