It has been our policy to support an independent Taiwan and given China’s building of military bases on islands within contested boundaries of several South China Sea nations, I think it useful to support diplomatic presence in Taiwan- but to do so openly, carefully and honorably. I fear that Taiwan support can be used as another indirect action intended to push China into accepting our terms for resuming trade relations. If trump were to leverage this as pressure to force agreements and sell-out our historic commitment to Taiwan, I think it will be very damaging in the long-term to our country; that we do not honor our commitments nor our allies; that we use indirect schemes to force agreements upon others. Real diplomacy is desperately needed to increase with China as well. We have sold China most of our leverage by letting them manufacture our electronics, much of our hard and soft goods as well as much of our pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical precursors. China is a proud nation and a rapidly growing economic power. We should be diplomatically working on win-win trade agreements and other inter-relations. We can and must do this without compromising our principles or our allies. If we resort to dirty tricks to win the deal we will lose the future because China has direct control of so much of our National Debt, manufacturing base and geopolitically critical natural resources which could easily be ‘weaponized’ to our great detriment if we try to bludgeon them into submitting to our will in trade relations. trump’s trade-mark sledgehammer diplomacy has nothing to do with actual diplomacy. Actual diplomacy is what we need to have with both Taiwan and China.