Was Trump's Taiwan contact a policy shift or a misstep?
- Author: Delores Daniels Dec 05, 2016,
Dec 05, 2016, 1:48
The call lasted more than 10 minutes, Taiwan's presidential office said in an emailed statement.
"During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties [existing] between Taiwan and the United States", the team said, .
The nations are interlinked by a vast web of economic connections, have massive trading exchanges and China maintains vast holdings of dollar-denominated USA debt.
Mr Trump had previously shared a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which the President-elect's office said Mr Trump said he believed the two would have "one of the strongest relationships for both countries".
The New York Times said the move by Trump is "a striking break with almost four decades of diplomatic practice that could precipitate a major rift with China" even before Trump takes office. But no one predicted it would raise questions about whether he was committed to United States policy stances going back to President Richard Nixon.
"The world was talking about Taiwan the whole weekend", Huang said.
"If Beijing isn't willing to back down, America has a diplomatic ladder of escalation that would compel Beijing's attention", he wrote, suggesting receiving Taiwanese diplomats officially at the State Department, upgrading the status of US representation in Taipei to an official diplomatic mission, inviting Taiwan's president to travel in an official capacity to the United States and ultimately possibly restoring full diplomatic recognition.
"This is the President-elect".
Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, meanwhile, told Fox News Sunday that people are reading too much into the call.
Another posted: "He calls Tsai as +president+ on Twitter!".
Mr Trump, meanwhile, remains unapologetic about his phone conversation and its worldwide implications.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Trump transition team had yet to contact the State Department for information and recommendations ahead of calls with foreign leaders. "And President-elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically-elected president of Taiwan and it becomes something of a thing in the media".
Yang Chih-kai, a 22-year-old university student in New Taipei City, said the call raised Taiwanese hopes for a stronger relationship with the United States, saying: "People will think that the U.S. will keep on helping Taiwan protect itself against China's threat".
"It is a little mystifying to me that President Obama can reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba and be hailed as a hero for doing it", he said. Ted Cruz on Twitter, referring to two leaders pursued by Obama in his policy of engaging U.S. foes. "I hope that the Trump transition team has foreseen this and given Taiwan its assurances that President Trump will stand behind the country".
The President-elect defended himself in his own Tweet.
US President-elect Donald Trump's phone call to Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen has elicited divisive reactions in the United States and condemnation in China.
Trump has a point. The statement didn't indicate if the call presaged a shift in long-standing USA policy against recognizing Taiwan's sovereignty or allowing direct communication between top leaders. The One-China principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations, he said. Chinese officials also contacted the White House for an explanation about the Trump call.
"Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China's perceptions of Trump's strategic intentions for the negative".
"I think most Americans and, frankly, most leaders around the world know this for what it was", Pence said.
"There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues", National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told reporters.