President Trump rustled the feathers of China when he accepted a phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. This shows POTUS Trump will not back down from the oppressive, communist, arrogant Chinese tyrants. Taiwan’s President was democratically elected unlike China’s leaders. China claims that Taiwan does not exist and due to the One China Policy — the US is in agreement not to acknowledge Taiwan nor can the US develop official relations with Taiwan.
Despite China’s anger with Taiwan and POTUS Trump, a Taiwanese official represented the country of Taiwan at Trump’s Inauguration. China tried to prevent this but Trump didn’t care. China is apparently taking their anger out on Taiwan over it.
Both governments — officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) — claim to be the legitimate ruler of all of China, but the ROC effectively controls only Taiwan and a few other small islands.Over the decades Taiwan has turned into a vibrant democracy with freedom of the press and speech, unlike China, which is tightening its grip on dissent.While the US is a strong ally of Taiwan — selling it billions of dollars worth of weapons to help with defense — it has no official diplomatic relations with the island.This is part of the “one China” policy, a carefully managed and strategic arrangement designed not to anger Beijing.
Taiwanese legislator Lo Chih-cheng said that POTUS Trump has shown “a very friendly attitude towards Taiwan” but is unsure how POTUS Trump could translate it into policies. Obviously it’s not POTUS Trump’s fault, it’s the One China policy that really prevents it. Lo Chih-cheng also said “We will see if we can meet someone from the government and someone from the Trump camp” eventually.
Ordinary Taiwanese were optimistic about the call. Housewife Yang Lo-hsia told CNN she believes Trump’s call could lead to a closer relationship with the US and hopefully in turn a stronger commitment to the protection of Taiwan.“It’s like a beam of new hope,” she said.
The Former Premier of Taiwan Yu Shyi-Kun visited D.C. for the Inauguration of the 45th POTUS Donald J. Trump.
He said that Trump’s Presidency provides a great opportunity to enhance relations with the US. This will obviously be a rough path and an uphill battle for Taiwan, but nevertheless — it’s a good thought.
Taiwan representative Yu came to the Inauguration to congratulate Trump and he utilized the trip to meet with U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives and other US officials. He also stopped by to talk with the American Institute in Taiwan [AIT] to explain Taiwan’s ideas and true sincerity to develop relations with the US. Yu said in the meetings with US representatives that he expressed the HOPE of STRENGTHENING US-Taiwan economic and trade cooperation among other things. Yu also said that Taiwan fully understands POTUS Trump’s ‘AMERICA FIRST’ policy and Yu also fully understands Trump’s questioning of the ‘China One’ policy. Yu said he wants to work with the US to consolidate bilateral and economic trade ties, among other things.
After Election Day, Taiwan’s President called President Trump [then President-elect] and congratulated him. This was a controversial move by TRUMP, but it was defiant — and let China know that the US doesn’t bow down to anyone.