The news met with an awkward silence in Chinese media
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump confirmed a brief phone conversation with “the President of
Taiwan” in a twitter feed Friday, which is known as the first of its kind since the country severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979. China’s foreign minister reacted to news of the call at noon Saturday, saying it’s nothing but “a small trick by Taiwan” and “is not going to change the longstanding one-China policy acknowledged by international society.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi continued to say that “the one-China policy has been the cornerstone of a healthy U.S.-China relation,” and hopes it won’t be interfered with or damaged after the call.
Trump’s Twitter feed has once again made headlines, on which he thanked “the President of Taiwan” for a phone call to congratulate him for winning the presidency on Friday.
The phone call was said to have been initiated by Taipei. The brief 10-minute phone conversation is also the first of its kind since the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan on January 1, 1979, when the country changed its diplomatic recognition of China from Taipei to Beijing. [FULL STORY]