China Files Diplomatic Protest After Trump’s Phone Call With Taiwan Leader Tsai Ing-Wen

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Due to a 10-minute telephone conversation between President elect Trump and the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen on December 2, China has lodged a diplomatic protest. This could push China and Russia in each others arms and isolate the United States.

“It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world,” said Chinese Foreign Minister on Saturday, December 3, in a statement. Adding that they lodged “solemn representations with the US”.

China and Taiwan have an internal conflict. Beijing demanded that the US withdraw stationed military forces in Taiwan. In 1971 the United Nations voted for Beijing to replace Taiwan and also the US agreed to reduce US troops. Finally in 1979, official U.S. ties with Taiwan were cut.

“The relevant parties . . . to handle issues related to Taiwan with caution and care in order to avoid unnecessary interference with overall Sino-US relations,” issued the Chinese Foreign Minister.

The Trump administration did not responds to requests for comment, after the Financial Times publication about the breach of a decades-old protocol they admitted the conversation occurred. They didn’t informed the Obama administration upfront.

Trump tweeted an hour later “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call”.

The Philippines government said that President elect Trump had invited the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, to visit the White House in 2017 during a phone conversation. Since taking office earlier this year, Mr Duterte has threatened to tear up parts of the military alliance with the US, and a meeting with President Barack Obama at a summit earlier this year was cancelled after he called the Mr Obama a “son of a whore”.

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Trump called Pakistan “amazing” and “fantastic” and suggest that he might visit Pakistan.

The state department said they did not organized the  calls.