US president-elect Donald Trump has risked causing an international crisis after receiving a phone call from the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen .
The billionaire businessman becomes the first US President to speak to a leader of Taiwan since 1979 after he took to his Twitter page to reveal he received a congratulatory call from Tsai..
Tweeting about the call, Trump wrote:
“The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”
Donald J. Trump
The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!
Addressing the criticism around the phone call, he later wrote:
“Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”
Donald J. Trump
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.
A spokesman for the Taiwan leader, Alex Huang who revealed that the Friday phone call, which lasted about 10 minutes, was about how to strengthen bilateral interactions and how to improve cooperation, said:
“Of course both sides agreed ahead of time before making contact.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi then called the phone call “a shenanigan by the Taiwan side”.
“I don’t think it will change the ‘one China’ policy that US administrations have adhered to over the years.
“The ‘one China’ policy is the cornerstone of a healthy China-U.S. relationship. I hope this political foundation won’t be disrupted or damaged.”
Former President Jimmy Carter adopted the one-China policy in 1979..