Donald Trump has spoken on the phone with the Taiwanese president, a controversial move that broke a decades-long U.S. stance. Yiming Woo reports.
Photos taken by the Taiwanese government show President Tsai-Ing Wen speaking on the phone to President-elect Donald Trump. The conversation has broken U.S. policy on the self-ruled island that China considers its own. No U.S. president or president-elect has made direct contact with Taiwan since President Jimmy Carter cut formal diplomatic ties in 1979, recognising Taiwan as part of "one China". The White House says Trump's team didn't inform them about the call and urged him to take diplomatic advice from the State Department. Trump said on Twitter that Tsai called him and alluded to the fact that Washington is Taiwan's most important political ally and its only arms supplier. (Twitter: "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call" ) The Chinese foreign minister has reportedly dismissed the call as "petty action" by Taiwan. China is deeply suspicious of Tsai and believes she wants to push for the island's formal independence.