WASHINGTON, DC — President-Elect Donald Trump hasn’t even taken his oath of office and he’s already throwing a wrench in U.S. foreign relations.
On Friday, Trump took a call with the President of Taiwan.
Now, that sounds innocent enough, but there’s a reason that U.S. presidents haven’t spoken with the Taiwanese government in nearly 40 years.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province and, since 1979, the US has acknowledged Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China, with US-China relations governed by a set of protocols known as the “One China” policy.
China has lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. about the call.
“This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action and cannot change the ‘One China’ structure already formed by the international community,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wanh Yi said.
And get this, Trump’s inflamed relations with another U.S. ally. India’s upset by what Trump allegedly told Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
Pakistan officials say Trump promised to “play any role you want me to play and address and find solutions to the country’s problems.” India says that implies an offer for the U.S. to get involved in the Indian-Pakistan border dispute — a sensitive issue for both countries.
So, it’s pretty clear that Trump either isn’t aware of current U.S. foreign policy or he just doesn’t care.