Published: Sun, December 04, 2016
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president


Trump announced on Twitter Friday that he took a call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which would be a big departure from America's established "one China" policy in place since 1979.

The White House has reaffirmed its backing for the policy that recognises Beijing as the sole government of "One China" after President-elect Donald Trump risked Chinese ire by calling the leader of Taiwan, in a break with U.S. norms.

"The one-China policy is the cornerstone of the healthy development of China-U.S. relations and we hope this political foundation will not be interfered with or damaged", Wang was quoted as saying on Hong Kong's Phoenix TV.

He also called on national security authorities to correctly analyze the first official exchange with the USA since 1979 to determine whether it represents a turnaround in US policy or was just a courtesy call.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Saturday stressed that the "one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship".

It is believed to be the first time that a USA president has spoken to the leader of Taiwan since 1979 when former President Jimmy Carter adopted the one-China policy. "Interesting how the USA sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call", he tweeted.

Direct talks between a U.S. President and a leader from Taiwan would be a breach of diplomatic protocols.

Ms Tsai's office said the phone call touched on strengthening bilateral interactions, the economy and the importance of establishing closer cooperation.

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In this December 2, 2016 photo released by Taiwan Presidential Office, President Tsai Ing-wen, center, flanked by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu, left, and Foreign Minister David Lee, speaks with Donald Trump via speakerphone in Taipei. While campaigning during the presidential election, he did express his distaste for China frequently, but restoring diplomatic relations with Taiwan after almost 40 years could anger a major world power that the United States counts as an ally. Tsai has advocated "maintaining the status quo" with China, pledging to do her best to "seek methods of exchanges acceptable to both sides of the Taiwan Strait, " Taiwan News reported.

"It's Trump's right to shift policy, alliances, strategy", Chris Murphy, a democratic senator on the U.S. senate foreign relations committee tweeted.

China's foreign ministry has already lodged what it calls "solemn representations" with the "relevant US side" urging cautious and proper handling of the Taiwan issue, in order to avoid disturbance to Sino-US relations.

Trump lambasted China throughout the USA election campaign, drumming up headlines with pledges to slap 45 percent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

"I believe that it won't change the longstanding "one China" policy of the United States government".

"One can see at once that Trump is very reckless, not familiar at all with the whole context", Jin said. It is yet another ethical snag that arises between Trump's global empire and the power of the Presidential office.

Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the White House national security council, said: "The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions". China will still insist on its "one China policy". Trump has also spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping since the November election.

There is great concern that Trump's call to Taiwan reflects yet another conflict of interest. Neither did he ever speak of the "one China" policy or about the China-Taiwan relations.

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