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President-Elect Trump Risks Diplomatic Dispute With China After Call to Taiwan

trump-9The Financial Times is reporting that President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen on the phone today. They state that three different people have confirmed the phone call.

This represents a complete reversal of United States policy as it stands with Taiwan and China. There have been no diplomatic relations made with the island since 1979 after Jimmy Carter recognized Beijing as the only government of China. This is part of the ‘One China’ policy in which Taiwan’s sovereignty isn’t recognized by the U.S.

Spokesperson Hope Hicks confirmed that Trump did speak to the Tsai Ying-wen.

However, it is apparent that this will not be taken lightly by China, even if Trump took the call inadvertently.

“The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions,” said Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the White House national security council.

“Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China’s perceptions of Trump’s strategic intentions for the negative. With this kind of move, Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition for US-China relations.”

Needless to say, with the gravity of the situation when it comes to America’s foreign policy and relations with China, there was quite a bit of reaction to this news.

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