Trump Tsai Phone Call a Good Start to Reforming US-Taiwan Relations

The Trump-Tsai call also points to important restraints on the relationship.

America’s one-China policy is in need of updating, but it should not be discarded. It has served as the basis for a stable relationship with China since 1972.

That stability, in turn, undergirds the peace and economic expansion in the region from which the U.S. derives so many tangible benefits.

Neither an occasional phone call between presidents nor any of the other policy changes suggested here constitute a change in that status quo. And yet, there is so much more that can be done—must be done—with Taiwan short of overturning that long-term policy.

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