Analysts are divided on whether it represented a mix-up between the two governments or a more significant signal about the type of foreign policy that can be expected from the president-elect.
“My guess is that Trump himself doesn’t have clue,” said Bonnie Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “That he had no idea about Beijing’s neuralgia on Taiwan.”
Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Program at the University of California at San Diego, said it was an “impulsive” move and a “bad sign for Trump foreign policy.”
If a simple, one-time phone call is all this ever amounts to, then that’s all it is. But how wise is it for any incoming president to immediately begin picking fights with one of America’s most cunning and capable adversaries? In the past, leaders could communicate to each other secretly, but literally everything is made public now. So, at the very least, we always have a clue as to what these lunatics are up to. Don’t worry, though, there will not be a war: We won’t be able to afford to fight it …