Donald Trump Ignores Chinese Threats – Re-Establishes Ties with Taiwan

Donald Trump Ignores Chinese Threats – Re-Establishes Ties with Taiwan

President-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, that sent mainstream media and the Obama administration into a tizzy for breaking decades of a US president not speaking with a Taiwanese state leader in the face of Chinese threats.

Trump tweeted out about the call on Friday.

Trump’s transition team said Friday that the President-elect had chatted with Tsai, who passed along her congratulations, CNN reported.

“During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties (existing) between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi referred to the call as a “small trick by Taiwan,” didn’t think it would affect the foreign policy of the US to China, Freedom Outpost reported.

“This is but a petty action created by Taiwan. It can never change the ‘one China’ reality that has formed in international society,” Wi said. “The ‘one China’ principle is the cornerstone of a healthy Sino-U.S. relationship. We do not want this political foundation to be affected or destroyed by anything.”

“We have noticed relevant reports and lodged solemn representation with the relevant side in the United States,” said a statement Saturday from China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. “I must point out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory … The ‘one China’ principle is the political foundation of China-US relations.

“We urge the relevant side in the US to adhere to the ‘one China’ policy, abide by the pledges in the three joint China-US communiques, and handle issues related to Taiwan carefully and properly to avoid causing unnecessary interference to the overall China-U.S. relationship.”

Fox News reported:

The conversation Friday between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Trump, a first-time elected official with no official foreign policy experience, indeed broke with decades-long diplomatic tradition.

Washington has pursued a so-called “one China” policy since 1979, when it shifted diplomatic recognition of China from the government in Taiwan to the communist government on the mainland.

Under that policy, the United States recognizes Beijing as representing China but retains unofficial ties with Taiwan.

Trump offered no apologies for the call indicating that this is another major sign that he has vowed to improve US relations with the rest of the world.

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