A few weeks after quasi-president Trump’s inauguration, he telephoned President Chua Eng-wen of the Republic of China to raise eyebrows on mainland Chinese observers. Some experts say that this act is contrary to diplomatic etiquette.
Alan Romberg, a well-known expert on cross-strait issues at Stimson Center, a Washington think-tank, said the Beijing authorities would at least want to reaffirm strongly the importance of US compliance with the one-China principle.
“They will also want to make sure that this is not a harbinger of a real change in policy,” he said, adding that he did not think the phone would pose a crisis for US-China relations.
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