Trump-Tsai call a ‘good, small’ step: Ex-Cheney aide

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/06
By: Elaine Hou

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) A former White House official said on Tuesday that the recent call between U.S. 201612060021t0001President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was an “important step” in the direction many Republicans have advocated for, but added that the move remains a “small step,” during a visit to Taiwan.

“We should not over-analyze or overreact to the fact that your current and our future leader spoke by phone,” said Stephen Yates, deputy national security adviser to then-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush administration, during a media conference in Taipei.

Noting that it is reasonable for the people of Taiwan to expect friendly relations from the incoming administration in the United States, he said “it would not be reasonable to anticipate major changes in U.S. policy at this point.”    [FULL  STORY]

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