First U.S. president or president-elect in 37 years to call Taiwan
Former presidents were too worried about offending Beijing, says Secretary of State candidate
By Neil W. McCabe, Dec. 3, 2016
The Southern California congressman being considered for Secretary of State told Breitbart News that President-elect Donald J. Trump sent the right message when he accepted a congratulatory call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Friday, despite the uproar from Red China and America’s left-wing commentariat.
“The Chinese are now being alerted that they should not think of the United States as a pushover anymore,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairs its Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats subcommittee.
The surfer and one-time campus activist, folk singer and screenwriter said, “What the Chinese have a right to be concerned about are actions and policies, specifically how they relate to the agreements that we have with China about Taiwan.”
It is possible, he said, to improve our relationship with Taiwan within the context of the Taiwan Relations Act, which President James E. “Jimmy” Carter passed to replace the mutual defense treaty between Taiwan and the U.S., and to establish a protocol for maintaining relations with Taiwan, while deferring to the PRC as the actual Chinese government, of which Taiwan was a de jure province, yet a de facto independent state.
“We can modernize and liberalize our relationship with Taiwan without breaking agreements,” he said. “Speaking to them and treating them in a more respectful way is not a violation of the Taiwan Relations Act.”
Rohrabacher, who was a speechwriter for President Ronald W. Reagan, said his old boss was a strong supporter of Taiwan and he was glad Trump was putting the leaders of the People’s Republic of China on notice.
“Ronald Reagan knew this well,” the congressman said.
“Presidents of the United States have been too worried about offending Beijing and this telephone call made it clear that they no longer are going to have Americans shaking in their boots, because the Chinese are now upset with something they said to Taiwan,” he said.
Rohrabacher said he was not surprised at the tsunami of criticism that came crashing down on the president-elect from the left-wing media.
“I think there are people who are willing to bend over backwards for any tyrant who threatens worse relations with the United States, when in fact it’s when you stand up tall and look the tyrant in the eye that you have more progress and you have more of a chance for peace in the long run.”
LIBERALS SEE RED
By Ed Straker, American Thinker
The left is outraged that Trump spoke to foreign leaders without the sage counsel of the State Department. Look at the New York Times‘ inflammatory, and untrue headline: ‘How Trump’s Calls to World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades of Diplomacy.‘
No president has spoken to the leader of Taiwan since 1979 for fear of upsetting China. But Trump did, and now China is upset.
Taiwan is a democracy; China is a communist country with expansionist ambitions. I’m sure the State Department would not have advised Trump to do this, and I am glad he didn’t consult with them first.
Trump also spoke to Rodrigo Duterte, the leader of the Philippines, who had terrible relations with Obama, calling him a “son of a bitch.”
After the conversation, Duterte immediately signaled better relations with the United States. I would call that a foreign policy success.
Liberals are enraged by this call because Duterte has been executing drug dealers instead of releasing them from prison, as Obama has done.
And now it seems in one immediate stroke that Trump has improved relations with a nation in a strategic location near the disputed South China Sea.
Trump also called Theresa May, the new prime minister of Great Britain, but did not call her first before other nations. That is supposed to be offensive.
He also asked that Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, be named ambassador to the U.S. That is supposed to offend the British, too. But it is hard to find British government officials who are offended.
I think it is clear that the media, which has been slumbering in bed with Obama for eight years, only waking long enough to bestow kisses, will be critical of every act of the Trump administration. And so far, Trump has only used a phone. What do you think the media will say when he starts using his pen?
—Ed Straker is a senior writer at NewsMachete.com.