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Report: Bob Dole organized Trump's Taiwan call

The Hill logo The Hill 12/6/2016 Jessie Hellmann
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Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was organized by Bob Dole, a former Republican senator and one-time presidential nominee, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Dole told the Journal that the law firm he is affiliated with does work with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.

"It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," he said.

Trump's Friday conversation broke decades of U.S. protocol.

For several decades, the U.S. has followed the "One China" policy that doesn't acknowledge Taiwan as a nation, but instead goes along with China's view that Taiwan is a province that broke away.

Jimmy Carter formally declared Beijing the sole government of China in 1979, which ended formal U.S. diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

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