Ever since Richard Nixon made his trip to #china more than 4 decades back the US policy has been constrained by the fact that it accepted a " One China" policy. It meant that Taiwan would be considered a part of China and the USA would do nothing against this idea. Why the USA agreed for this is a mystery, but perhaps the danger of the Soviet Union (then a superpower), made the USA a little insecure.

'One China' policy

The USA had similarly given a pledge not to destabilize the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro after the 1962 Missile crisis, where again Kennedy was on the backfoot. The concept of "One China" was almost ridiculous, as US presidents, out of fear of offending Beijing refused even to take a call from any leader of Taiwan.

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Even Ronald Reagon who is touted a strong man also followed this practice.

#Donald Trump has been articulating his views about China throughout his election campaign. He has brought in the fresh air and the first step he took was accepting a call from the President of Taiwan, something no other President had ever dared to do. The Communist nation has launched a protest. Donald broke the taboo.

Donald's view

Donald in another departure has clearly spelled out that the "One China" policy is not sacrosanct. He has pointed out that the Chinese have done precious little to stop North Korea's nuclear arms development and they have devalued their currency to suit them. Trump, in a statement on Fox TV said, "I fully understand the One China policy, but I don't know why we have to be bound by the One China policy, unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."

The future

Trump throughout his election campaign repeatedly stated that he wanted to "make America great." This appears to be a first step in that direction.

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In taking a simple telephone call, he has, in effect, broken the age-old shackles of fear of China. If the USA can free itself of the China phobia and get a better trade deal, this act of defiance could prove to be the first step.