Saturday, December 3, 2016

Donald Trump Does Something (Dangerously) Stupid #55: Risks Showdown With China After Speaking To The President Of Taiwan (UPDATE)

Through the years 1927 to 1961 China was engaged in a civil war.

The war was fought between the nationalist government of China, also called the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China. At the end of the war the Communist Party was victorious and China was now under it's rule. The Kuomintang nationalists fled to the island of Taiwan where they established their own government.

At the time, due to the overwhelming fear of communism the US  refused to recognize the existence of China and instead referred to the small island of Taiwan as the Republic of China.

Fast forward to 1971 when Washington realized that China was too large an international force to ignore and re-established diplomatic relations with Beijing. Knowing Taiwan, which China considered a renegade province, was a sticking point in the relationship The US broke off any formal engagement with them and in 1979 officially refused to recognize them as a country.

This led to the "One China Policy" which holds that there is but one China and that Taiwan is part of China which has helped maintain a fragile friendship with the most populous country on earth.

Until today.

That is when without contacting either the White House or the State Department President-elect Donald J. Trump, on a lark, decided he would have a nice little chat with the Taiwanese President.

Trump's gab session marks the first publicly reported call between a US President or President-elect has spoken with the leader of Taiwan since diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei were cut off close to 40 years ago.

So what was so important that Trump needed to break this hard and fast protocol you ask? Trump's transition team claimed Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen, just called to pass along her congratulations...

"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."

This single idiotic act threatens not only our standing with China but might very well upset the global balance of power months before Trump even takes office.

So how is China taking it?

China's state-run CCTV quickly issued a statement saying Trump made...

"an unprecedented break with the One-China Policy and accepted US-Mainland protocol and the Mainland says it firmly opposes official contact in any form between Washington and Taipei."

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi referred to the call as “a petty trick on the part of the Taiwan side,” according to a notice published on multiple Chinese news portals and attributed to the ministry. The minister said of the conversation between Mr. Trump and Ms. Tsai said...

"I don't think it will change the 'one China' policy that U.S. administrations have adhered to over the years. The 'one China' policy is the cornerstone of a healthy China-U.S. relationship. I hope this political foundation won't be disrupted or damaged."

By nightfall China had already reached out to the Obama administration and although White House officials declined to comment on diplomatic discussions Ned Price, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said...

"there is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues. We remain firmly committed to our 'one China' policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations."

Thanks Obama!... Really, thank you for fixing Trump's fuck up.

Trump, as thin skinned as ever, refused to take any responsibility for his actions. The man-baby's tantrum was acted out in a series of tweets of course...

Trump followed that up with this tweet...

God forbid Trump miss out on anyone willing to slop out some congratulations his way.

*UPDADTE: The incident is now raising concerns over the fact that  the Trump Organization is reportedly seeking new business opportunities in Taiwan presently.

This guy is a walking impeachment waiting to happen.

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