Robert Wood is a professor of strategic management and global business at San Jose State University. "China, I promise, will be really, really mad," he said.
Wood says by talking to the president of Taiwan president-Elect Trump is sending a message to China. "What he's clearly showing is that we're going to have a different relationship between the United States and China, from what we've had through Republicans and Democrats since 1979," he said.
The year the United States broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan was 1979. Political science professor Greg Corning at Santa Clara University agrees. This is President-elect Trump setting himself apart. "China is the second largest economy in the world," he said. "It's our main competitor. Making China happy is perhaps not his main concern."
The President-elect took to Twitter to clarify the call:
The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
East Bay U.S. Rep. John Garamendi is not concerned with who called who. "Nov. 19 the Trump organization was in Taiwan trying to close a real estate deal," he said. "So we have this issue of international diplomacy going on, but you also have this issue. Are there conflicts here?"
Despite a lack of diplomacy, the United States has maintained an economic and security relationship with Taiwan, something Donald Trump acknowledged in a second tweet:
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016