We’re living in epic times, as president elect Donald J Trump is waving decades of standard diplomatic practice and takes calls left and right, literally, with various foreign leaders. Needless to say, the mainstream media is almost foaming at the mouth, especially with the Donald’s latest freewheeling call with Taiwan’s president.
Mr. Trump’s phone talk with Taiwan’s president marks a first in US diplomacy in over three decades, being the first POTUS to do so since 1979. The US refused to recognize Taiwan officially and Trump’s conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen has the potential of infuriating China, according to the mainstream media.
The idea is that Trump “honored” Taiwan’s president with a “formal” call, thus implicitly suggesting that he considers Taiwan as an independent entity, despite the fact that Taiwan itself failed to declare formal independence until now. China obviously desires to take Taiwan back under the communist party rule and Trump’s formal call with President Tsai Ing-wen is not a good sign for the chicoms.
US President Donald J. Trump tweeted that the Taiwanese President actually called him to offer congratulations over winning the electoral race.
Obviously, the Donald was totally unapologetic with regard to roiling the diplomatic dogma when he took the decision to speak freely over the phone with the president of Taiwan, thus breaking an old tradition and risking to provoke China’s animosity.
China’s response was relatively mild, as the country’s foreign minister Wang Yi described the phone call as a small trick by Taiwan, a trick of the tale so to speak, expressing his belief that nothing will change with regard to the United States’s policy toward China.
Donald Trump exposed the bigotry of mass-media and US foreign policy for that matter saying that, let me quote:
“Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”
The current Obama administration sold over 14 billion dollars in weaponry to Taiwan since 2009 and that’s a hard fact. Considering the US foreign policy customary double-measure when it comes to taking sides, a new kid on the block like Donald Trump, a guy who shoots from the hip and calls it like it is has the potential to stir waters in an already troubled region of the world.
However, healthy/separate relations between Taiwan and China/Taiwan and the United States can proceed in parallel without conflict,at least that’s what Alex Huang, Taiwan’s presidential spokesman was quoted as saying recently.