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Friday, December 2, 2016

Trump and the Power of Diplomatic Recognition: US and Taiwan

Well, we talked about this possibility in class but even then it was in relation to US-Cuba relations:  With a single phone call Trump has put into question the future of US-China/US-Taiwan diplomatic relations. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38191711 This is the BBC article, but CNN, ABC, FOX, Huffington Post, and many others have reported on the story.

While Trump did not officially recognize Taiwan, or even physically receive a foreign diplomat from the the government of Taiwan, the phone call still breaks decades of tradition in relation to our country's support of the "One-China" Policy. 

On a side-note, but possibly of political interest, it has been reported that Trump wants to build luxury hotels and resorts in Taiwan. http://shanghaiist.com/2016/11/18/trump_taiwan_expand.php.

Here are articles from the WSJ and the Hill on the subject that I think also give a good picture of the situation: 

Maybe this means nothing for the future of our foreign relations with China and is just a possible signal of Trump's political tactlessness, or maybe this is a reflection of Trump's anti-China rhetoric we saw on the campaign (in relation to outsourcing jobs and such).

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