US President-elect, Donald Trump, has risked a China rift by being the first President or President-elect to speak to a leader of Taiwan since relations were severed in 1979.

He spoke with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, on Friday, with four different people confirming the call.

“The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions,” said Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the White House national security council, who now heads Asia research at Eurasia Group.

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“Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China’s perceptions of Trump’s strategic intentions for the negative. With this kind of move, Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition for US-China relations,” he continued.

The US has adopted the so-called “One China” policy since 1972 after the Nixon-Mao meetings and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter formally recognised Beijing as the sole government of China, with the US embassy closing in Taipei the year after,  the Financial Times explained.

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You can’t stump the Trump just like you can’t barrage the Farage, it just can’t be done!

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It could end rhyming with dump and wreckage. Now, I wish Trump won’t get dumb by applying some of his campaign motos as these are really dumb, now, according to oldest interviews, he seemed much more wise than his white-trash role during the campaign. In fact, one of the wisest thing he could do is having Bernie Sanders as a counsellor but I doubt it to happen, nevertheless, the best thing that could be made would be pushing a non-partisan national interest agenda with people from all sides committed to really drain the swamp and build a better world. Well,… Read more »
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Ironic, you talking about wisdom and Bernie Sanders in the same sentence. What is it about the French?! How many times will you try socialism before you open your eyes over how destructive it is! It has and will never work! It just destroys your economy. Brexit isn’t designed to be good for the EU, quite the opposite. If handled competently (and Sharia May isn’t one to do that, being a staunch remainer), it should easily work out well for the UK. We just Marine Le Pen to win and finally destroy the EU, come on baby!
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Well, to make America great again, maybe a new cold war is on the line. Russia ain’t enough rich to do so but China… Well, they’re in a weapon build up and putting the yellow peril back on trend, Well, China may offer a 50 years opportunity of economical growing in a cold war context…

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Wiki drops bombshell : it wasn’t Russian intel that hacked Killary’s servers.
A very interesting surprise 😉
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt_Y34fGDEo
And it seems that a huge torpedo is coming for… Merkel…

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