Taiwan presidential office says Trump, Tsai exchanged views on Taiwan-US relations

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei, on Oct 10, 2016.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Palace in Taipei, on Oct 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen exchanged views with United States (US) President-elect Donald Trump, touching on strengthening bilateral interactions and establishing closer cooperation between the two sides, Taiwan's presidential office said in a statement on Saturday.

Ms Tsai took the call with her national security council chief Joseph Wu and Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lee also on the line, the statement said.

The two also shared their views about "promoting domestic economic development and strengthening national defence so that citizens can enjoy better lives and security", the statement said, without detailing if Taiwan's defence needs were raised in the call.

Trump reportedly agreed to the call, which was arranged by his Taiwan-friendly campaign staff after his aides briefed him on issues regarding Taiwan and the situation in the Taiwan Strait, Taipei Times said, quoting unnamed sources.