Saturday, December 3, 2016

China Lodges Protest After Trump Call With Taiwan President

For the record.

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move.

China's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with what it called the "relevant U.S. side", urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances in ties.

"The one China principle is the political basis of the China-U.S. relationship," it said.

The wording implied the protest had gone to the Trump camp, but the ministry provided no explanation.

"This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the 'one China' structure already formed by the international community," Wang said at an academic forum in Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry quoted him as saying.

"I believe that it won't change the longstanding 'one China' policy of the United States government."

There is no problem with Trump calling Tsai but he should make clear to China that he is doing so because of a new U.S. initiative to stay out of all the affairs of foreign nations. Not going to happen though. This is way over Trump's head.

(via Reuters)


  1. I'm surprised you didn't mention this related tweet by Trump:

    Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016

    The guy has a knack for thinking on his feet and exposing hypocrisy. I'll give him that.

  2. Hollow daze, Trump also know how to get websites to take the bait(report on the ridicules relationship), then state the obvious and make the website look foolish. Trump used the same tactic on flag burning to highlight Hillary's failed law to fine and imprison flag burners (2005).

  3. China prints money faster than the fed, builds entire ghost towns - since when do we let communist foreigners dictate how, where, when, and who the United States talks to?

    Trump is opening friendly relations with all sorts with new nations - Walter Block +100 at this point. Wow. Thank GD Hillary is not president. Dodged WW3, holy cow. Wow.

  4. I know China is powerful, but, c'mon folks, it's not a country of geniuses. It's a third world nation, and communist governments are inefficient. Like Cuba it's rife with jealousy and paranoia. These people--for the most part--cheat for a living. And they use CNBC Asia to make the world think they're ahead of the game. Hahaha. Completely laughable.

    I hope Trump puts them in their place for a change.