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>> Wan to tell you.>> On Friday, Donald Trump broke with a decades-long diplomatic tradition by speaking with the president of Taiwan. Now the Washington establishment is wondering if what would've otherwise been a routine congratulatory call from a head of state will damage America's relationship with China. The call violates a US policy that dates back to the Carter Administration.
No president-elect or president has had official contact with Taiwan since 1979 when Jimmy Carter cut ties to open up relations with Beijing as the US adopted a One China policy. Trump tweeted late Friday that the Taiwanese President called him. About an hour later, he fired back against mounting criticism, tweeting, interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.
The contact is raising questions about whether Trump is effectively working with the US State Department before communicating with leaders overseas. The other big question, was it the first hint of a Trump Administration's tough policy on China, or just a plain blunder? Former US Ambassador to China Winston Lord saying it's hard to know because Trump is, quote, ignorant about foreign policy.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut saying on Twitter, that's how wars start.