The diplomatic establishment is all atwitter about Donald Trump’s alleged gaffes, such as taking phone calls from the president of Taiwan and from the president of the Philippines.
Talking to the president of Taiwan is deeply offensive to China. The phone call is a violation of our “one China” policy and constitutes a tacit recognition of the free democratic nation that China claims for its own. Never mind that the U.S. gives military aid to the island nation, which is also a major trading partner. Diplomatically, it doesn’t exist.