"There was a sort of delusion based on overly optimistic ideas about Trump".
Like most of the countries in the world, United States too pursued a so-called "One-China" policy since 1979, when it shifted its diplomatic recognition by formally recognising Peoples Republic of China (PRC) instead of Taiwan which broke off with mainland in 1949 after the formation of the PRC. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China.
Since 2009, the Obama administration has approved $14 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.
"I know China has a perspective on it...but the president-elect's perspective is he accepted a congratulatory call", said Conway. "And President-Elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan and it becomes something of a thing in the media", Pence said. The Chinese government had said the phone call was a "petty move" on Taiwan's part, but later lodged a complaint with the US, urging it to adhere to the "one China" policy.
On Friday evening, President-elect Donald Trump received a call from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan's presidential office spokesman, Alex Huang, said separately that Taiwan's relations with China and "healthy" Taiwan-U.S. relations can proceed in parallel.
Trump and Tsai briefly talked about economic, political and security-related ties between the two countries and Trump congratulated Tsai on her victory in elections earlier this year - a milestone because Tsai is the first woman leader in Asia who isn't the daughter or wife of a former leader, Yates and Whiton said.
In an odd twist, Nixon's secretary of state Henry Kissinger met with Xi Friday in Beijing for a pre-scheduled meeting, according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua.
But it hinted at the possible economic impact of any breakdown in ties, saying that China held $1.19 trillion in United States treasury bonds and had bilateral trade worth $558 billion with the country previous year.
The often nationalistic Global Times newspaper in an editorial Saturday threatened that Tsai would "pay the price" if Taiwan "crosses the red line", and said China would "use its power without hesitation" to punish any move toward independence.
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While ties between Beijing and Taipei have improved over the decades, China continues to have about 1,200 missiles aimed across the Taiwan Strait and has asserted its right to invade as a way to prevent any formal split.
Tsai was elected in January and took office in May.
Jin Canrong, from China's Renmin University, told AFP Tsai had been "very cunning" in her call to Trump.
Glaser said there had never been a publicly announced phone call between a Taiwanese leader and a USA president or president-elect in the since diplomatic ties were broken.
"There is no conflict" in that, he said.
"It must be stated that, there is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents China".
"People will think that the USA will keep on helping Taiwan protect itself against China's threat", Yang said. The striped-pants crowd at the State Department are "aghast" that Trump would dabble in a little harmless diplomacy without their wisdom and guidance.
Chinese state media said that Trump's "inexperience" led him to accept the phone call, but warned that any breach of the "One China" stance would "destroy" Sino-US relations.
He has been praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has sparred with U.S. Democratic President Barack Obama over Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria.