President Donald Trump received a phone call from the president of Taiwan last December, and during this call, he implied the United States would no longer comply with the “One China” policy, his supporters applauded him as they took it as a sign of power. Trump is potentially disrupting tens of years of typically diplomatic procedures with this fragile issue as the introduction.
Last Thursday evening, Donald Trump retreated; during a call with China’s President Xi Jinping, he assured China that he recognizes One China, a policy where the United States is complying to recognize a single Chinese government in Beijing and ends its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, it has been active for 44 years.
President Trump went on to address Israel’s center. After attempting to appear as a defender of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who would put pressure on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Trump warned Israelis this week that he wasn’t convinced that “going ahead with these settlements is a good thing for peace.”
Regarding Iran, President Trump threatened when he was the Republican nominee to shred the nuclear deal composed by former President Barack Obama. Senior advisers to the new President Trump asserted to the European Union’s top foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, that the United States would fully comply with the previous agreement.
President Donald Trump is beginning to show his true intentions regarding foreign policy, further proving that his radical notions during his campaign were only a ploy to enter the White House. Yesterday, Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, was welcomed into the White House by President Trump, who has described America’s relationship with Japan as a “cornerstone of peace and stability.” These words surely invoke questions considering they hardly resemble his threats during his campaign.
“Every president discovers that it looks different from the perspective of the Oval Office than it did on the campaign trail,” said Martin S. Indyk, the executive vice president of the Brookings Institution. “The fact that President Trump is proving flexible on some key foreign policy issues suggests he’s less ideologically driven than his early moves would imply.”