Trump took a phone call from Taiwan’s leader a few days ago and the media has lambasted him since. Supposedly no U.S. President has spoken with Taiwan’s leader since 1979, when the U.S. aligned with mainland communist China. The media reported that China would be very upset that Trump spoke to Taiwan’s leader.
This begs the question, why should we care if China gets upset? The last I checked Americans didn’t like communism and communist countries. China is still a communist country. The U.S. was aligned with Chinese leader Chiang Kaishek during World War II and continued the alliance when Kaishek fled to Taiwan after defeat on the mainland by the communists in a civil war. It was only in 1979 that the U.S. changed its alignment from Taiwan to communist China. Despite the change in alignment, the U.S. is still obligated to help Taiwan maintain an adequate defense. Yes, Trump was not lying when he tweeted that the media shouldn’t be so critical of a simple phone call given that the U.S. does sell weapons to Taiwan. In 2010, the Obama administration announced its intention to sell 6.4 billion worth of military hardware to Taiwan. If China was going to be upset about anything one would think they would first prefer the U.S. stop assisting in the defense of Taiwan, rather than worry about a congratulatory phone call to Trump. But somehow Trump is to blame for a potential destabilization in the region by a mere phone call? It just sounds absurd. Moreover, Taiwan’s government is a democracy! Last I checked the U.S. supported democracies over communism. Maybe Trump wants to change the dipolomatic relationships between the U.S., China, and Taiwan. If he so chose, it would be his right as President.