WHO’S DA BOSS? Trump takes a call from America’s democratic ally, Taiwan, the first time a president has done this since 1979

And in doing so, at least according to the New York Times,  has broken with decades of diplomatic practice in freewheeling calls with foreign leaders.

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The call with President Tsai Ing-wen risks infuriating China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway province governed by Chinese rebels. By honoring the Taiwanese president with a formal call, Mr. Trump’s transition team implicitly suggests that it considers Taiwan an independent state. The U.S. has declined to recognize Taiwan since 1979, when it shifted recognition to the government in Beijing. Taiwan itself has yet to declare formal independence. (But they might now, especially as China’s threats to invade and conquer Taiwan have increased during the Obama regime)

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