United States seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader

Mr John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said over the weekend that "honestly, I think we should shake the relationship up (with China)". But I'll leave that to them to explain'. "And I think what the president-elect expressed in conversations with leaders from both countries was a desire for continued USA engagement on building the relationship with both of those countries", Pence said. "If the Chinese want to deal with the United States, they are going to have to actually deal with the United States".

"He continues to talk to different people".

In a radio interview on the Big John and Ray Show on WLS-AM 890, surfaced by CNN, Moore defended Trump's call with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen, the first time in almost four decades a US leader has spoken with their Taiwanese counterpart over the phone. "I don't think so!"

Further asserting that Trump recognised India, Pakistan as nuclear powers, Pence added that USA intends to be fully engaged in the region and fully engaged with both nations to advance peace and security.

Analysts say it could provoke military confrontation with China if pressed too far.

However, Trump fueled the fire on Sunday by complaining about Chinese economic and military policy on Twitter, while on Monday an economic adviser to Trump, Stephen Moore, said if Beijing did not like it, "screw 'em".

The third possibility, though, is that President-elect Trump took the phone call not just to gain leverage over China, but to signal a dramatic change in US policy toward Taiwan. No other USA president or president-elect has spoken directly with Taiwanese leadership since 1979. In December 2015, the United States, under President Obama, announced a $1.83 billion arms sales agreement with Taiwan, the first arms sale in four years.

A second possibility is that Trump is trying to adopt a hard line on Taiwan to throw Chinese leaders on the defensive and thereby gain important leverage on other bilateral issues.

Bolton though, in an article in January, countenanced a "diplomatic ladder of escalation" that could start with receiving Taiwanese diplomats officially at the State Department and lead to restoring full diplomatic recognition. "This is not a massive deviation of our policy". But in Communist Party newspapers, the reaction was harsh. China claims sovereignty over the island.

At first glance it may have seemed like a routine call between world leaders as Trump prepares to transition into the White House. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said officials had already made at least two calls to the Chinese. "Some of the progress that we have made in our relationship with China could be undermined by this issue flaring up", he said.The call with Taipei was the first by a USA president-elect or president with a Taiwan leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China".

He's also floated the idea of imposing major tariffs on Chinese products.

There have been speculation in mainland Chinese media that the fines were imposed on Hai Pa Wang because its owners maintained good relations with Tsai's family, reported the Central News Agency, though the claim was later denied by Hai Pa Wang's General Manager Li Hui-shan, who told Apple Daily that it was "old news" dug up by the media for speculation. Threatening to stir up the Taiwan issue might be seen as a way to galvanize Beijing to become more proactive regarding the North Korean problem. She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent.

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