Donald Trump is not even officially president of the United States, not for 6 weeks or so, and he already has a diplomatic dispute with one of the biggest countries of the world – China.
On Friday, Trump had phone conversations with a couple of world leaders, one of them being the Taiwanese president. This is the first time a U.S. politician has spoken with a Taiwanese leader since 1979.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared that there was only “One China,” installing a policy that recognized only the Beijing government as the one, true China, therefore, severing all diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Since then, every American president has followed the same policy, until now. Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese leader has allegedly angered China.
Trump tweeted: “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”
“Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”
Diplomats across America and Asia are “scrambling to process the extraordinary breach of diplomatic protocol.”
Furthermore, it seems like Trump might be lying about President Tsai Ing-wen, contacting him.
Reportedly, the call was “arranged by his Taiwan-friendly campaign staff after his aides briefed him on issues regarding Taiwan and the situation in the Taiwan Strait.”
That is a big issue considering that “the situation in the Taiwan Strait” involves the mainland government of China, and the whole thing might have consequences in the diplomatic relations between America and China.
Also, according to the Taiwanese government the call was much more than just a congratulatory call.
“The president hopes to strengthen two-way interaction and communication and establish closer cooperative relations. The president also told Trump that in the future she hopes that on the question of international relations, the U.S. side can continue to help Taiwan have more chances to participate and make contributions.”
It looks like Trump either does not understand the delicate situation of some diplomatic affairs, or he doesn’t care, either way, his call might turn out to be a huge mistake. China is a major player in world affairs and an ally of Russia, another world power, not always so friendly to the States.
The implications are very unsettling.