The reality is, this is really much ado about nothing for the U.S.
The less than 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was the first by a U.S. president-elect, or sitting president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC) to China officially designated the People’s Republic of China (the PRC) in 1979. In so doing, Carter acknowledged Taiwan as part of “one China”, the policy designated by the Communist mainland in Beijing of its “One China Policy,” the Dictatorial government’s effort to ensure that the world only recognizes the PRC – on the mainland, in Beijing.
Nevertheless, the New York Times headline and most of those in the mainstream media, as well as the numerous comments by Obama administration and their left-wing followers are wrong, with regard to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump talking to the President of Taiwan.
Let me take a few minute to explain this in as simplest a way as possible, and to provide some history along with the impact of the Trump administration’s new policies.
It should first be noted that in this case, it was the Taiwan President who called Donald Trump to congratulate him on his recent election win. Donald Trump at this point in time in the transition has all the protocols in place as the President-Elect to take congratulatory phone calls from any head of state and ranking government officials from around the world. Nation’s heads of state and senior leaders reserve the right to offer courtesy calls of congratulations to the in-coming Presidents-Elect of any country, including the United States. In fact, the U.S. State Department knows this, the White House knows this, and both expect such phone calls, in fact they are well prepared. There are the protocols in place to arrange, coordinate, and corroborate on such calls with the new President-Elect. Likewise, foreign nation’s diplomatic corps and Foreign Ministries have similar protocols and understand the sensitivities, depending on the nation’s and newly elected leaders and know how to coordinate such phone calls with other nation’s foreign ministries; including our State Department. In fact, such phone calls are all initiated in advance. There are no surprises. No President-Elect gets a phone call out of the blue from a sitting world leader. They know when the call is coming.
I can speak from my experience regarding this from my time on the White House National Security Council staff, having dealt with numerous Presidential phone calls. So again, the phone call from the Taiwan President didn’t come out of the blue directly to Trump’s pers…
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