The Chinese government appears to have been caught off guard by the development, which had been unthinkable under the administration of U. While the conversation with Tsai drew criticism, Trump responded on Twitter, "Interesting how the U. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."As part of its basic strategy against Taiwan, China has been gradually narrowing the island's range of international participation on a long-term basis.
For example, Taiwan was recently shut out of the International Civil Aviation Organization under pressure from China.
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Trump called Tsai "president" and congratulated her on assuming the leadership of Taiwan during the conversation. The phone chat was unexpectedly disclosed by both Trump and Tsai.
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