Tom Cotton, a Republican senator from Arkansas, issued a statement Friday evening praising Trump for speaking to Taiwan's president. "America's policy toward Taiwan is governed by the Taiwan Relations Act, under which we maintain close ties with Taiwan and support its democratic system," Cotton said. "I commend President-elect Trump for his conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen, which reaffirms our commitment to the only democracy on Chinese soil. I have met with President Tsai twice and I'm confident she expressed to the president-elect the same desire for closer relations with the United States."
It's time western leaders put pressure on China to recognize the right of the Taiwanese people to determine their own future. While there is a question about motives, Trump's call to the Taiwan president is a positive step forward and probably the best thing he is done since being elected.