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US Audio Analysis: Trump’s Provocative Taiwan Phone Call

US Audio Analysis: Trump’s Provocative Taiwan Phone Call
December 05
15:40 2016

PHOTO: Donald Trump and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (AFP/Getty)


Even before Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President, he has challenged US-China relations by arranging a phone call with the President of Taiwan.

The conversation last weekend was the first between a US President or President-elect and a Taiwanese leader since the US recognized the People’s Republic of China in 1979. Contrary to Trump’s portrayal on Twitter, Trump’s staff spent days setting up the call.

Adam Quinn of the University of Birmingham talks to BBC Radio Foyle about the diplomatic consequences of Trump’s move.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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