President-elect Donald Trump appears to be taking to Twitter for his diplomacy talks with one of the United States' most lucrative foes: China.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted some of his most popular campaign talking points — only this time as the next leader of the free world:
Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!
Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1480890235.0
their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1480890622.0
The president-elect's hardline comment came just two days after he spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen by phone, making him the first president or president-elect to speak with Taiwan's head of state since 1979, when the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the island.
China still considers Taiwan to be part of the communist country, even though the Taiwanese people consider themselves separate.
Trump faced immediate backlash Friday for being on the call with Ing-wen, but as the president-elect rightly pointed out later that day, the U.S. government already sells "billions of dollars" in military-grade equipment to Taiwan. So, Trump wondered, why shouldn't he accept a call.
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1480729290.0
Trump said in another tweet that Ing-wen called him, despite later reports that Trump's transition team first reached out to the Taiwanese government. The Washington Post reported that "immediately after Trump won the Nov. 8 election," Trump and his team made a list of foreign leaders to call. According to Stephen Yates, a former national security official under President George W. Bush, Taiwan was on that list, "very early on."
The Taiwanese government welcomed Trump's appointment of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to be White House chief of staff. Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lee called the pick "good news." That acknowledgement came just months after the RNC at its convention in July quietly added to its party platform a nod to the Taiwanese people: “We salute the people of Taiwan, with whom we share the values of democracy, human rights, a free market economy and the rule of law,” the GOP platform states. “China’s behavior has negated the optimistic language of our last platform concerning our future relations with China.”
The GOP's position, however, remains that the laws that currently govern both China and Taiwan should be upheld.
China was reportedly none too happy about Trump's call to Ing-wen, placing a call to the White House to emphasize its longstanding policy.
"I must point out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement, according to CNN.
"We urge the relevant side in the U.S. to adhere to the 'one China' policy, abide by the pledges in the three joint China-U.S. communiques, and handle issues related to Taiwan carefully and properly to avoid causing unnecessary interference to the overall China-U.S. relationship," the statement added.
(H/T: Daily Caller)