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    Trump Phone Call With Taiwanese President 'Prudent' Move - House Speaker

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    US President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was an acceptable diplomatic move for an incoming leader being congratulated on his election victory, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump is the first US president or president-elect to speak with a Taiwanese leader in an official capacity since the United States severed ties with the island nation in 1979 in favor of pursuing a one China policy with the government in Beijing.

    "It is prudent for the president-elect to take congratulatory calls," Ryan told reporters.

    Ryan suggested that Trump denying the call would be considered a snub, and noted he spoke with the Taiwanese leader last month.

    Trump raised concerns about US-China relations after speaking with Tsai on Friday.

    Trump’s transition team said the two leaders discussed economic, political and security ties between Washington and Taipei.


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