According to Reuters President Trump will not be taking any more calls from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
“Look, my problem is I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi. I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation,” Trump told Reuters, referring to signs that China may be working to head off any new missile or nuclear test by Pyongyang, Beijing’s neighbor and ally.
“So I wouldn’t want to be causing difficulty right now for him,” Trump added. “I think he’s doing an amazing job as a leader and I wouldn’t want to do anything that comes in the way of that. So I would certainly want to speak to him first.”
For Taiwan, this must come as a huge disappointment. Although they have been ruling themselves since 1949 China still represents them globally. President Tsai Ing-wen called Trump to congratulate him on winning the election in an attempt to create a relationship with Trump. This relationship angered China.
It is clear that the North Korean crisis is forcing Trump’s hand into an alliance with China. He must adhere to China’s “One China Policy” so that he doesn’t lose their support in the battle against North Korea.