For a guy with no real political experience, Donald Trump sure seems to be knocking his diplomatic duties out of the park, especially when it comes to wooing the world at large.
Sure, he started on the wrong foot after taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan, but has since made up for that faux pas in spades.
China’s foreign ministry said Saturday it has lodged a complaint with the United States over a controversial phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s President that has overturned decades of diplomatic protocol.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province and, since 1979, the US has acknowledged Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China, with US-China relations governed by a set of protocols known as the “one China” policy.
Since that fateful phoning, China and the U.S. have been on a fairly steady path to friendship, with Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping having met face to face on several occasions to discuss whatever it is that men of their stature discuss.
Aside from some disagreements on trade, which are still sizzling on a hot burner at the moment, the two nations are getting along somewhat swimmingly. China has even offered a great deal of help in Trump’s fight to reign in North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
In the case of the DPRK, this combined effort, led by Trump and the U.S. government, has worked wonders, with the United States’ first non-politician president having solved a 60 year old crisis in the Korean War, and now neutering the North’s nuclear ambition completely.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday that his country will be suspending missile testing and closing a nuclear test site, several reports said.
“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency said, according to Yonhap News. “The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test.”
The announcement comes amid preparations for a meeting later this year between President Trump and the North Korean dictator. During the summit, Trump said he expected to talk with Kim about denuclearizing the hermit kingdom.
This could very likely be the United States’ crowning foreign affairs achievement of the 21st century so far, and it has been realized by an unlikely hero – a business-minded Washington outsider who has enemies lurking in this midst at all times.