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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was a logical continuation of a slowly evolving process of improved U.S.-Taiwan relations, according to John Pomfret, a former China correspondent for The Washington Post.
 
An eventful evening
Ex-White House official Stephen Yates, left, speaks with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu in New Taipei on Friday, Dec. 9.
 
In a move that could produce breakthroughs in Washington-Taipei military relations, the U.S. Senate adopted a conference report of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows high-level Pentagon officials to visit Taiwan.
 
Row over referendum rules
KMT lawmakers hold signs that call for lowering the requirements of holding referendums, at the Legislative Yuan, Taipei, Friday, Dec. 9. KMT lawmakers had hoped to have the general session review revisions to the referendum law, but their colleagues from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition People First Party blocked the bid.
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A member of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team called on Foreign Minister David Lee Friday and the two exchanged views on the challenges facing Taiwan.
 
KMT looks to recall Ker over 'nuke food'
The Kuomintang (KMT) has locked onto Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming as its primary target for the party's planned legislative recalls, according to a party announcement on Thursday.
 
A historic phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will act as a symbol for decades-long cordial relations between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
 
Trump called Tsai 'president' because he always speaks straightforwardly: ex-US official
A visiting former White House official said Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump referred to Tsai Ing-wen as the "president of Taiwan" because he always speaks "straightforwardly."
 
With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province.
 
It was right for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to take a congratulatory call on Friday from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen another democratically elected leader -- a simple courtesy and a fundamental part of real democracy, two former U.S. officials said on Sunday.
 
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