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Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, 2016 presidential candidate Tsai Ying-wen speaks to media before attending the Taiwan Econimic Development Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Trump called the Taiwanese president and broke more than 35 years of precedent


President-elect Donald Trump called Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen on Friday, reports CBS News

Now, a President-elect phoning a foreign leader doesn't sound like a terrible thing, but Donald Trump's actions just broke a whole lot of precedent. 

Trump is the first president-elect to speak with a Taiwanese president since the United States cut diplomatic ties in 1979. Taiwan has operated as an independent state since the Chinese civil war, but China still thinks of it as a renegade province. 

Modern Taiwan was founded by anti-communists in 1949 and it thinks of itself as the Republic of China. Since then, the two country's have gone to war on several occasions. 

Given the rocky history between the two nations, the phone call threatens U.S. relations with China. Tensions are already high given China's expansionist policy in southern Asia. 

The United States adopted a "one China' policy following Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972. After this, China became an ally during the cold war and is now a major U.S. trading partner. 

Some on social media think Trump has jumped the gun on a potential shift in policy.

Others think the president-elect is right on the money. 


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