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Politico: Trump's Taiwan Outreach Has Many Conservatives Smiling

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President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File)

By    |   Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:06 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen last week has conservatives cheering as they push for updated U.S.-China relations.

According to Politico, foreign policy types want the United States to toughen its position on China. By becoming the first U.S. president or incoming president to speak with Taiwan's leader since the 1970s, some say Trump risked offending China because of the communist nation's position that Taiwan is part of China.

Trump's desire not to give into China, however, fits in with established Republicans' feelings on the subject, Politico reports.

China "is an area where Trump is in line with GOP thinking, and I would argue mainstream thinking," an anonymous Senate foreign policy aide told Politico.

Experts say the updated conservative view on China has been brewing for eight years during President Barack Obama's administration.

"There's a body of [conservative] work that's been established now for over eight years about how to approach these issues," Daniel Blumenthal, director of Asian studies at the American Enterprise Institute, told Politico.

Regarding the tougher stance on China, Blumenthal noted, "There's certainly a lot of demand on Capitol Hill and generally among conservative foreign policy types."

A New York Times report, meanwhile, looked at whether the phone call last week was an intentional act by Trump to pressure China or simply a discussion between two world leaders with no other agenda.

"He's the first president since the [1972] Shanghai Communique who provides an opportunity to look fresh at the cross-strait relationship," Jon Huntsman, Jr., who served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011, told the Times.

The current White House went into damage control mode over the weekend, assuring China that America still believes in the "One China" policy that ties Taiwan to the Mainland China.

Trump criticized China several times on the campaign trail. On Sunday, he took some more shots via Twitter:

 

 

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