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Alan Romberg quoted in Focus Taiwan on Tsai-Trump phone call

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A former deputy spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, Alan D. Romberg, has called a phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a success as long as it did not signal a shift in U.S. policy.

“Assuming that this phone call was not a signal of a shift away from the U.S. policy that has successfully worked for several decades to allow strong U.S. ties with Taiwan without disrupting U.S-PRC (People’s Republic of China) relations,” said Romberg, currently a distinguished fellow and director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, on Saturday.

He also said the call “won’t have lasting effect,” and that Beijing’s limited response was probably based on an understanding “that at this early date Trump is not deeply familiar with the nuances of the policy or the sensitivity of the issue.”

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