President-elect Donald Trump will sit down with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, four days after Kissinger met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week, breaking longstanding diplomatic protocol and creating an international uproar in the process. China’s foreign ministry lodged a complaint with the Obama administration following the call as the US, since 1979, has acknowledged Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of China (Taiwan doesn’t), which means that there are no formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan.
Xi told Kissinger that China was “watching the situation very closely.”
Kissinger, who served under President Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, called Trump “unique” after their first meeting two weeks ago.
"This president-elect is the most unique that I have experienced in one respect," he told Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN. "No baggage. He has no obligation to any particular group because he has become a president on the basis of his own strategy and a program he put before the American public that his competitors did not present. So that is a unique situation.”
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