When president-elect Trump was campaigning, he promised to “Make America Great Again” but some of his actions are “shaking things up” and making many within the US government quite nervous.
It seems that when Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ying-Wen he broke 30 years of US tradition regarding the relationship between Taiwan which views itself as an independent nation and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which has a “One China Policy” that includes Taiwan as a part of the PRC.
From the Huffington Post:
President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone Friday with Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan. The call was the first in more than 30 years between an American president-elect and a leader of the island.
According to a readout of the call from the Trump transition team, Tsai congratulated Trump on his victory, and the two discussed “the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States.”
But the Trump team’s description of the call belies the fact that the conversation has the potential to upset three decades of relations between the United States and its most important global trading partner.
The United States and most of the international community acknowledge China’s claim of sovereignty over Taiwan. But Taiwan, with its own elected government, constitution and military, considers itself an independent nation.
The U.S. cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, when it established formal ties with the People’s Republic of China. Trump’s call will likely enrage Beijing, and stands to damage U.S. relations with China before Trump even takes office.
“The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions,” Evan Medeiros, a former Asia director at the White House national security council, told the Financial Times, which first reported the call Friday afternoon.
“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,” Medeiros said.
What this all boils down to is the fact that China owns vast amounts of America’s debt and the leaders of both countries are expected to hold up their ends of the bargain or billions of dollars in wealth may ignite another international crisis leading to a huge world economic collapse and a war.
Trump is very much aware of how fragile relations with the Chinese super power can be and he is too smart to provoke them!
Source: Huffington Post