Friday, December 02, 2016

Donald Trump's First 100 Days (Late Night Edition): Bull in a China shop: Trump risks diplomatic blowup in Asia - UPDATED

No U.S. president or president-elect is known to have spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979.

Donald Trump startled foreign policy watchers Friday by speaking with the president of Taiwan, a break with more than 35 years of U.S. policy that is likely to infuriate China.

The United States and Taiwan have a strong but unofficial relationship, and Trump's phone call, confirmed by his transition team Friday afternoon, raises questions about whether the president-elect intended to signal a policy shift that could antagonize Beijing even before he takes office.

And even as Asia hands were still scrambling to process the extraordinary breach of diplomatic protocol, conflicting reports emerged over just who contacted whom. Read More
Looks like Donald has taken his favorite psychological games international and is now trying to hook the Chinese into playing them. He just "cocked a snook" at Beijing. The Chinese may retaliate by calling in his loans. Of course, that may be what he wants so he can default on them.
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