Trump's call with Taiwan leader reportedly facilitated by Bob Dole

Donald Trump's recent call with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan appears to have involved a former top politician.

The Wall Street Journal reports that former Senator Bob Dole may have been involved in facilitating the conversation.

The media outlet goes on to state that "Mr. Dole, in an interview, said the law firm he is affiliated with does work with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S., and that the firm played a role in arranging the phone call."

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The Journal further quotes Dole as saying, "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence."

Trump's call marked a departure from the U.S. foreign policy which, for decades, has sided with China in viewing Taiwan as a province, not a sovereign nation, notes China Daily.

The president-elect has defended the call, tweeting, "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency."

Meanwhile, Chinese officials have lodged a diplomatic complaint in response to the phone exchange and reiterated in a statement, "The 'one China' principle is the political foundation of China-US relations."

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