Trump takes on China after a conversation with Taiwan’s leader

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By Rafael Trujillo 12/5/16

The upcoming Republican President Donald Trump tweeted against China for its domestic and foreign decision days after his conversation with Taiwan’s president.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

These tweets published by the president-elect came after he hold a conversation with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. It was a 10-minute conversation which Trump described as a congratulatory call. It was a historic call because it was the first time a U.S. president has contacted Taiwan since the U.S. established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979.

Beijing seems Taiwan as a province and has said it will utilize military force against the island, if necessary. The two sides broke apart after the 1949 civil war won by the communist. Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that it was a petty gambit. China filled an official complaint.

“The whole world is clear on the Chinese government’s position on Taiwan, and that include President-elect Trump and his team,” Lu Kang said, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also said that China didn’t comment on a politician’s style or personality and only cared about their policies.