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灣研究院是在美國成立的台美人智庫型組織,從事與台灣過去及未來發展相關的研究。研究人員以研究志工身份從事不同領域之研究。研究心得將以研究報告及評論方式發表。





The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwan President Tsai called US president-elect Trump and its chain reactions

On December 2, President Tsai called Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the closely contested US presidential election.  The phone conversation lasted more than ten minutes.   The news drove China crazy. It is quite normal for the leaders of friendly nations making courtesy calls to the US president-elect.  What unusual about this phone call is that a US president or president-elect had not spoken to a Taiwan president since 1979.   To recognize the People’s Republic of China in Beijing as representing China, the US severed diplomatic tie with Taiwan in 1978.  The US kept a semi-official relationship with Taiwan after the Congress passed the “Taiwan Relations Acts” the following year.  China forced other countries to endorse a so-called “one China” policy as a pre-condition for establishing a diplomatic tie.  The high-ranking officials in US were usually told to just say “Taiwanese leader” instead of Taiwan’s president during public speech or news briefing.  According to spokesman Huang of Taiwan Presidential Office, Tsai placed the call following a pre-arranged procedure.  Tsai and Trump talked about their views and ideals on governance, especially on promoting domestic economic development and strengthen national defense to ensure a better, safer life for public.  In addition, Tsai expressed the hope of boosting bilateral exchanges and contacts and establishing closer cooperation.  What angered China is the Trump camp first announced the phone conversation between Tsai and Trump; and followed-up with Twitter about the call.  Trump tweeted “The president of Taiwan called me today to wish me congratulation on winning the presidency.  Thank you”.   Trump also tweeted several times regarding US-China disputes in trade etc.  This signals a possible change in the upcoming US’ China policy, especially in improving US-Taiwan relationship.   A simple phone call became a bomb-shell in the international political arena.  It immediately drew the attention of global media.  All prominent newspapers and television stations treated the news as a headline and made comments about it.  In US, Several so-called China experts wrote articles to analyze its impact on the future US-China relationship.   The chain reactions from this phone call is unprecedented.  The Chinese government and media were surprised and filled with dismay.  Even though the officials were very much concerned about Trump’s intention, it chose to take a cautious stance and did not criticize Trump directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: December 16, 2016
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