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Trump speaks with Taiwan's president by phone

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Media from the two sides are reporting the development as the first telephone call between an incoming US president and a president of Taiwan since the severing of ties

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken over the phone with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen. Such a conversation is unprecedented as the United States and Taiwan have no diplomatic relations.

Trump's transition team confirmed details of the call on Friday.

It says Tsai offered her congratulations on Trump's victory in the presidential election. The two reportedly noted the close economic, political and security ties between Taiwan and the United States.

It says Trump reciprocated by congratulating Tsai on winning Taiwan's presidential election in January.

The US established diplomatic ties with China in 1979 and cut ties with Taiwan.

Media from the two sides are reporting the development as the first telephone call between an incoming US president and a president of Taiwan since the severing of ties.

Observers say the conversation is likely to draw criticism from the Chinese government. China is likely to claim the call defies the "one China" principle. China says Taiwan is part of its territory.

White House officials commenting on the call have stressed there is no change in US support for the "one China" policy. They say the most important concern is peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.