Trump's phone call to Taiwan leader risks US-China relation

The Trump transition team official said, "During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year"

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US President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on phone Friday, threatening to ignite a diplomatic showdown with China even before he takes office. This was the first time since 1979 that the leader of the island and the US president or president-elect has communicated with each other, The New York Times reported.

"President-elect Trump spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who offered her congratulations," Trump's transition team said in a statement. "During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year."


The Trump transition team official said, "During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year."

The US embassy in Taiwan was also closed down in the 1970s. According to US' 'one China policy' Taiwan is considered as part of China. Since 1979, there has been a strict ban on direct communications between the US and Taiwan. Trump’s transition team said Tsai, who was elected Tawain’s first female president in January, had congratulated the billionaire tycoon on his recent victory.

Experts said the unanticipated call would infuriate China’s leaders, even before Trump took office. “This is going to make real waves in Beijing,” said Bill Bishop, a veteran China watcher told The Guardian.