President-elect Donald Trump is taking heat for his Phone Call from Taiwan

Trump's foreign policy is already coming under criticism from his opponents. To clarify what has happened, the recently-elected Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called the incoming American president recently to congratulate him on his victory in the recent election. Essentially, that's all that happened. The call comes after years of U.S. foreign policy that has left diplomatic ties to the self-governing #Taiwan severed. #china considers Taiwan to be a part of its territory after the island split from mainland China in 1949 and regards any recognition of a Taiwanese leader as a head of state as unacceptable.

The U.S position has been to consider Taiwan's sovereignty as unsettled, but acknowledges the Chinese view over sovereignty.

It didn't take long for critics to come after Trump

After taking the congratulatory call from Tsai, almost immediately Trump's critics pounced. In China, Beijing's foreign ministry said in a statement that there is only one China and Taiwan is a part of it. Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang added that the government of the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing the Chinese people.

Critics in United States chimed in

Numerous critics of Trump's actions didn't waste any time going after him. One of the multitude of examples was Bonnie Glaser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, who said Trump isn't considering the implications of actions such as taking phone calls from world leaders.

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The phone call has sparked debate on both sides of the Pacific.

Why was this such a bad move?

With so much debate back and forth about what taking a phone call would show in the field of international relations, a person might have to wonder: why should the United States continue with a one-China policy? If we want to keep our hegemony in Asia and keep a country with a poor human rights record from gaining too much power in the world, wouldn't it be a good idea to support Taiwan? Obviously, China has dissidents within the country who might want a better government and a better life than the one Red China is providing them. Wouldn't an independent, democratically-elected Taiwan send a message to many of the Chinese people unsatisfied with the way things are going? One could argue that it's not in the best interest of the United States to potentially start a war with the world's most populous country that has nuclear arms, but then the argument would have to be that we shouldn't have been defending South Korea for so many years from the Communists.

We've had a military presence in eastern Asia since the Second World War, and, with the exception of the Vietnam War, our position on the continent has only grown stronger when we defend countries with our values.

Time will tell

Only the future holds what will come of the new president-elect's foreign policy. Critics and defenders will debate both sides of the issue, but #Donald Trump taking a phone call from the president of Taiwan could prove to be a significant change in U.S. foreign policy that could bring about significant change in Asia.