Trump speaks with Taiwan president in unprecedented move

BEIJING (KRQE) – President-elect Donald Trump is making waves as he makes his transition to the White House.

On Friday, he spoke with Taiwan’s president, an unprecedented move for a U.S. leader after the country cut former diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979.

China considered the self-governing island of Taiwan part of its territory and in the 1970’s, the U.S. adopted the so-called “one China” policy recognizing Beijing as the official government.

“The notion that the United States, an upcoming President of the of the U.S. might be supporting a pro-independence agenda, will be very very worrisome to China,” said Bonnie Glasser, a U.S.-China relations expert.

On Twitter, the President-elect wrote: :Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratulatory call.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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