Trump started a big controversy by breaking the ‘One China’ policy by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan.
Trump stood proud by what he did.
“I don’t want China dictating to me. Why should some other nation be able to say I can’t take a call?” said Trump.
“I fully understand the ‘one China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.
We’re being hurt very badly by China with devaluation, with taxing us heavy at the borders when we don’t tax them, with building a massive fortress in the middle of the South China Sea, which they shouldn’t be doing, and frankly with not helping us at all with North Korea,” said Trump.
But despite the opinions of the president-elect, Obama’s White House spokesman Josh Earnest went against this, and apologized to China.
“The United States does not view Taiwan and our relationship with Taiwan as a bargaining chip. Taiwan is not a source of leverage, it’s a close partner of the United States,” said Earnest.
“And bargaining that away is not something that this administration believes is our best interest,” he said.
“There is no change to our long-standing policy on cross-Strait issues.
We remain firmly committed to our ‘one China’ policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.” said Ned Price, the US National Security Council spokesman.