Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who was seeking a second four-year term, pitched herself as a defender of Taiwan's liberal values against the increasingly authoritarian shadow cast by Beijing under President Xi Jinping.
Taiwan's termination of relations with the Solomon Islands comes after the pacific nation's decision to switch diplomatic recognition to China. Taipei is accusing Beijing of using "dollar diplomacy" to buy off its few remaining allies.
Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks "reunification" of self-ruled island nation with China, in a speech on anniversary of Taiwan policy change, a day after Taipei asked Beijing to respect its sovereignty.
The call was significant because it was the first such contact with Taiwan by a US president-elect or president since the US adopted a one-China policy in 1979.
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