It’s a complicated history, but basically, it all goes back to ’79 and President Jimmy Carter, who severed diplomatic relations with the island and installed a “One China” policy, recognizing only the government in Beijing as the one, true China.
Every President since — from Ronald Reagan, to both Bushes,
Well, it’s (at least) two-fold: first, anything involving China is a BIG deal, because they are (a) a major player in world affairs, and (b) close with Russia, another major player and not always a friend to the U.S.
It’s also important because the Taiwanese phone call suggests that at worst, Trump has absolutely no understanding of diplomatic protocols and policies in America. At best, well, he simply doesn’t care about those policies. Either idea is highly unsettling.
Keep watching this story — the phone call alone may turn up nothing of consequence down the road, but Trump’s diplomatic mistakes might just be a HUGE problem very soon.
“A bull in a China shop,” Politico titled its piece on this Trump mistake — and wow, are they right.
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