China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in TaipeiBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move. The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan’s leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China”.

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