Donald Trump’s diplomatic battle has begun.
He had a phone call with Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president, very recently. It is for the first time for the leader of Taiwan to make an official talk with President or President-elect of the US since 1979 when the two nations stopped the communication.
This event ignited China’s anger without a doubt. China has adhered the One China policy, which never accepts Taiwan as an independent nation. And the US seemed to have respected China’s position so far. For China, Trump’s act is a breach of the relationship between the US and China.
Instead of excusing it, Trump made a comment that One China policy does not deserve to be respected anymore unless China will collaborate with the US regarding some issued such as trade. Thus, Trump is threatening China for the purpose of make China obey the US trade policy.
The Chinese government made a comment about serious concern on the risk that Trump’s policy would split the friendship between the two nations.
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Taiwan is a small nation, even if we can call it so, compared with the US and China. Thus, Trump’s friendship toward Taiwan is no other than a provocation to China. Trump has an extraordinary talent of one-by-one negotiation, the media say. Considering it, his aggressiveness seems to a way to extract a compromise from China.
However, Chinese people respect reputation in general. If they feel humiliated by Trump, they would be difficult to continue rational communication with the US. I am afraid that Trump lacks proper respects to other’s emotion, as it has already been clear.