China has lodged a “stern” diplomatic protest after US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with the president of Taiwan.
Not since President Jimmy Carter adopted the so-called “one China” policy in 1979 has a US president or president-elect spoken directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island.
China dismissed the call as a “petty action” by the self-ruled island it claims as its own.
Mr Trump also spoke on the phone with Rodrigo Duterte, in what was described by a close aide of the Philippines president as a “very engaging, animated conversation”.
In a series of tweets, Mr Trump defended his decision to break with decades of US diplomatic precedent by speaking to Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen.
Mr Trump said Ms Tsai initiated the call.
“The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!”
Alex Huang, a spokesman for Ms Tsai, said: “Of course both sides agreed ahead of time before making contact.”.. see more