The Trump phone call that will stun Beijing

The US president-elect’s decision to turn his back on four decades of US protocol on Taiwan and speak directly to a president of Taiwan will stun policymakers in Beijing.

Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger.

Beijing sees Taiwan as a province and denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy.

For four decades American leaders have respected Beijing’s red lines on closing down diplomatic space for Taiwan and acknowledging that there is only ‘One China’.

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