- Shannon Tiezzi: Pence's protests that Trump's Taiwan call was "courtesy" won't work
- Given personalities and context involved in Beijing and Taipei, negative fallout is likely, she writes
Shannon Tiezzi is managing editor of The Diplomat, a current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. She writes on China's foreign relations, domestic politics and economy. The views expressed here are her own.
(CNN)On the face of it, it's hard to believe that a simple phone call could cause such a furor. When US President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, the conversation may have seemed routine, but it was a potentially devastating breakdown in the elaborate dance between China, the United States, and Taiwan that downplays the reality that Taiwan is, in fact, a self-governing democracy.