US President-Elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the President of Taiwan – breaking with US Policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut. Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” between the US and Taiwan in a phone call. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has dismissed the call as a “petty trick” by Taiwan. Trump tweeted that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the us election. His team said that the us president-elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan in January’s elections. It is highly unusual for a US President or President-Elect to speak to a Taiwanese leader directly. The white house has said trump’s conversation did not signal any change in us policy. Trump’s spokeswoman said he was “well aware” of what US policy has been on Taiwan

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