China's foreign minister delivered a stark reminder to President-elect Trump Saturday. There is only one Chinese government to talk to.
The statement from the foreign minister's office came after reports that Trump violated the "one China" policy and spoke on the phone with Taiwan's president Friday. It was the only known time in nearly four decades that a a U.S. President has spoken on the phone with the president of Taiwan.
China views Taiwan's president as an illegitimate leader, because they still view Taiwan as part of China. The U.S. has been delicately balancing that for more than 30 years. “It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the call between Trump and Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen.
China's foreign ministry added it “lodged solemn representations with the US." It's still unclear if Trump's call–in which Taiwan's president congratulated him–was intended to cause the uproar and signal a new direction in U.S. foreign policy toward China or if Trump had been unaware of the precedent he was toppling.
We can be sure that Trump, who is uniquely unfit to be president, had no idea of the mess he was making when he called Taiwan's president. Trump is a disaster and he's not even POTUS yet.