US President-Elect, Donald Trump, has spoken directly with the President of Taiwan, breaking with US policy set in 1979, when formal relations were cut.
Mr Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-Wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” in a phone call.
The move risks angering China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, however dismissed the call as a “petty trick” by Taiwan.
Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election.
His team said that the US President-Elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan last January.
Meanwhile, the White House says Mr Trump’s conversation does not signal any change in US policy.