Trump rants against China in Twitter outburst

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday downplayed the significance of a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Taiwan's president, describing it as a "courtesy call" that was not meant to show a shift in US foreign policy. "I think President-elect Trump and his team are also clear", Lu told a daily news briefing.

Trump has vowed to declare China a "currency manipulator" on the first day of his presidency, which would oblige the US Treasury to open negotiations with Beijing on allowing the renminbi to rise.

The call broke almost 40 years of protocol, in which U.S. presidents have not spoken directly to Taiwanese leaders since China considers Taiwan to be part of its nation.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has put an end to a 40-year diplomatic tradition with Beijing and the Island of Taiwan, during a phone call with the President of Taiwan.

"Trump's unconventional move on Taiwan did ring a warning bell for the direction of Sino-US relations".

The dispute between Taiwan and Beijing began when the losing side of China's 1949 Civil War fled to the island and continued to declare itself the rightful rulers of China.

Donald Trump widened his search for Washington's next top diplomat as he pursued his own unorthodox brand of foreign policy with a Twitter broadside aimed at China.

In his presidential campaign, Trump pledged to go against the Washington political establishment and keep jobs from leaving the U.S. Cramer said the U.S.is beginning to see the kind of Trump that will take over the Oval Office in January. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sur.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Trump's conversation does not signal any change to long-standing USA policy - although some in Taiwan expressed hopes for strong US support from the incoming administration.

It's unclear to what extent Trump's latest comments will rattle Beijing, which had a fairly muted stance to Friday's phone call.

"I think what the president-elect expressed in conversations with leaders from both countries was a desire for continued United States engagement, building the relationship with both of those countries", Pence told NBC.

But the phone call initiated by the president Tsai Ing-Wen and the fact that it has been accepted by the President-elect, which has not happened since 1979, provoked China's anger.

Trump's national security spokesman Ned Price said: "We remain firmly committed to our "one China" policy".

Addressing the criticism around the phone call, he later wrote: "Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call".

Trump staffers made a list of foreign leaders with whom to arrange calls right after the U.S. elections, Stephen Yates, a national security official under George W. Bush and an expert on China and Taiwan, said. "The China-US economic and trade relationship has over many years always been a highly mutually beneficial one, otherwise it couldn't have developed the way it has today", he said.

America's friends and foes alike are keenly awaiting his choice, hopeful that it will offer clues to the direction United States policy will take after he is sworn in on January 20.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday pointedly blamed Taiwan for the exchange, rather than Trump, calling it "a petty action".

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