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Trump's controversial call with Taiwan was reportedly planned for months


President-elect Donald Trump's call with the leader of Taiwan sparked a firestorm among diplomats because it broke with decades of U.S. policy that considers Taiwan part of China.

Trump initially brushed off the significance of the call, saying Tsai Ing-wen had called him. However, The Washington Post reports the call had been planned for months.

This contradicts Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who said in an ABC interview on Sunday that it was a brief congratulatory call.

Trump has echoed similar sentiments.

Why this matters

Taiwan split from the Chinese mainland in 1949. The U.S. policy acknowledges the Chinese view over sovereignty, but considers Taiwan's status as unsettled. China, meanwhile, considers Taiwan a rogue province. Any recognition of a Taiwanese head of state is unacceptable to China, so Trump's reference to the "President of Taiwan" was probably not what China wanted to hear.

But this also coincides with Trump's generally harsh view of China.

Trump went on a Twitter rant on Sunday, accusing China of devaluing its currency.

However, the yuan has not been listed as under-valued since 2015, Quartz reports.

But Trump supporters thought his call was the right move.

The New York Times reports a Trump Organization representative called in September to discuss potential investments in a pricey makeover of the city of Taoyuan, raising further questions of potential conflicts of interest

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