From pulling out of the Tans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to labeling China a currency manipulator, Donald Trump made standing up to China one of the centerpieces of his campaign.

But the media and Democrats never imagined just how far he would take defending America and her interests against China.

And one phone call signaled a big shift in America’s China policy – and has left the Democrats and media fuming.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter formally announced America would only recognize the government in Beijing as the “One China.”

This ended contact with the democratically elected government in Taiwan, which also considers itself China.

For almost 40 years, the “One China” policy has dominated America’s affairs in Asia.

But President-elect Trump just upended another establishment norm.

Shortly after his victory, he accepted a congratulatory phone call from Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan.

The establishment media and Democrats were furious.

Left-leaning media sites like Vox and Huffington Post described the call as a “blunder.”

And Democrat Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut symbolized the left’s hyperventilating when he was quoted as saying, “this is how wars start.”

But the President-elect defended himself on Twitter and attacked his critics:

Other conservatives also echoed a stinging rebuke, which was first offered by Vice President-elect Mike Pence: that liberals will hail Obama as a hero for opening relations with the murderous governments in Cuba and Iran, yet criticize Donald Trump for accepting a phone call from a democratically elected President.

Business Insider reports:

“Pence argued that President Barack Obama also broke foreign policy norms by visiting Cuba, though Obama’s detente with the island nation was the result of years of planning and negotiation between the two countries. 

“To be honest with you, the waters here seem like a little bit of a tempest in a teapot. I mean, it’s striking to me that President Obama would reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba and be hailed as a hero. And President-Elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan and it becomes something of a thing in the media,” Pence said. “

Other critics on the left falsely claimed President-elect Trump stumbled his way into taking the call with no thought to what the reaction would be.

And a new report suggests this was a move months in the making.

The Washington Post reports:

“It was planned weeks ahead by staffers and Taiwan specialists on both sides, according to people familiar with the plans.

Immediately after Trump won the Nov. 8 election, his staffers compiled a list of foreign leaders with whom to arrange calls. “Very early on, Taiwan was on that list,” said Stephen Yates, a national security official during the presidency of George W. Bush and an expert on China and Taiwan. “Once the call was scheduled, I was told that there was a briefing for President-elect Trump. They knew that there would be reaction and potential blowback.”

Alex Huang, a spokesman for Tsai, told the Reuters news agency, “Of course both sides agreed ahead of time before making contact.”

President-elect Trump telegraphed throughout his entire campaign how he intended to take a tougher line with China.

His latest actions suggest he will make good on his word and stand up to the country that he – and many other Americans – believe takes advantage of us in trade and steals our jobs.