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Taiwan (officially named the Republic of China) is an island nation that is widely considered an independent nation, with its own democratic government. Mainland China, however, still claims it as its own territory.

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What are Taiwanese required to do and sign to travel to China? Can active, reserve or retired military do so?

The extent of my knowledge is that when Taiwanese individuals would like to travel to China for business and/or pleasure they can not use the same passport they use for travel elsewhere. Instead they ...
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Is the "One Country, Two Systems" approach a viable option for Taiwan? [closed]

Why would Taiwan avoid this arrangement? Obviously, Taiwan would like to preserve its democracy, but at some point Taipei will have to reckon with the economic realities of the region and relative ...
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What is Jake Sullivan's position on defending Taiwan?

I'd like to know what National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's position is regarding deploying troops to Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack/invasion. I've asked the related but different ...
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What is Jake Sullivan's policy on arming and supplying Taiwan?

I'd like to know what the current US National Security Advisor (Jake Sullivan)'s position on arming and supplying Taiwan is. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), ...
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How could the US benefit from replacing strategic ambiguity with the proposed "Dual Clarity Toward Taiwan"? In what ways constrained or foiled?

The TheDefensePost.com 2022-03-22 Op-Ed piece US Should Abandon Strategic Ambiguity for ‘Dual Clarity’ Toward Taiwan is a letter by four academics which proposes a new "Dual Clarity" ...
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Why is Taiwan strategically important to United States (besides being dominant in the semiconductor manufacturing)?

Based on Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. will help Taiwan defend itself. One important reason that Taiwan is strategically important to United States is that it has a very strong semiconductor industry. ...
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Are there any clues as to how China's leadership thinks about Russia's invasion of Ukraine as it relates to Taiwan?

I'm curious if there are any clues about how China's leadership is thinking about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, particularly it's occupation of the Russian-speaking west, as it relates to Taiwan. ...
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Why would China not invade Taiwan given that the US did not send troops to Ukraine? What is different in these two geopolitical situations?

In February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine on account of "denazification and demilitarisation". In response to this, the United States and its allies did not send troops to fight in Ukraine (...
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What are the potential strategic/economic gains of China for taking over Taiwan (with military invasion or not)?

My question is not about the net gain that China could have for occupying Taiwan. I understand with military invasion, China has to undertake huge financial and human resources cost, suffering from ...
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How many countries have recognized Taiwan as a sovereign nation?

Today, only 14 countries recognize Taiwan. What's the maximum number of countries that recognized Taiwan at any given time?
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Why is Taiwan adverse to the idea of using gun ownership as a deterrent to Chinese invasion? [closed]

Taiwan has been scared of a possible Chinese invasion for around 70 years now and the likelihood of this happening only increases every year due to growing Chinese influence. However unlike ...
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Territories claimed by the PRC but not the ROC

The Republic of China (ROC, often known simply as "Taiwan") and the People's Republic of China (PRC) both claim to be the sole legitimate government of all of China. But the two polities ...
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Why Taiwanese passports are recognised but Taiwan is not? [duplicate]

I was reading about current situation of Peoples Republic of China and Republic of China. I know Republic of China lost its seat in Un on behalf of the Peoples Republic of China. I know most countries ...
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What is the rationale of Lithuania allowing a diplomatic mission under the name of Taiwan, thus deteriorating the diplomatic relation with China?

This article provides some insight into the recent diplomatic tensions between Lithuania and China: Taiwan announced the new mission last month, saying it would be called the Taiwanese Representative ...
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Two Germanys and two Koreas but only one China. Why wasn't a compromise to internationally recognise both Chinas reached?

During the Cold War several former united states ended divided in two opposing polities, each one claiming to be the legitimate government of the whole former state. Although in the beginning most ...
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Why won't the U.S. recognize Taiwan as a country? [duplicate]

Why won't the U.S., and the U.S. specifically, recognize Taiwan as a country? The U.S. is providing military aid to Taiwan, which angers China and provides political support for its inclusion on many ...
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Is South Korea a province of Korea?

I am aware of the debate between whether Taiwan is a province of China vs whether Taiwan and China are 2 separate countries. For that issue, China's official name is People's Republic of China and ...
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Did Taiwan end up doing what its president said that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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Why did Palau choose to establish relations with ROC and not PRC?

After independence, Palau had a choice to choose between ROC and PRC. PRC probably had more money or power, considering the size of their land and more number of nations were having relations with PRC ...
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What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

CNBC's Taiwan’s Tsai pledges support for people of Hong Kong after China proposes national security law begins: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said late on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic ...
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the status of Taiwan and the Treaty of San Francisco

The Treaty of San Francisco did not mention upon what country the sovereignty of Taiwan would rest. Many people thus claim, as per international law, the legal status of Taiwan is undetermined. ...
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What was WHO's defence from US Republican attacks that the WHO "really blew" their response to the pandemic by being "slow" and "deceptive"?

As reported on the BBC today: The [US] president accused the WHO of being "very China-centric" and said they "really blew" their pandemic response. Dr Tedros has now dismissed the ...
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Was the death of the President of the Czech Senate a theme in the Taiwanese media?

See also connected question: How anticipated was visit of President of the Czech Senate in Taiwan? As I am stating there, President of the Czech Senate Jaroslav Kubera was supposed to go on an ...
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How anticipated was visit of President of the Czech Senate in Taiwan?

Recently passed away president of the Senate of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kubera was supposed to go to Taiwan this year to an official visit. According to the Czech media (for example, XXXI edition ...
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Has Trump done more for Taiwan than Obama has during their respective terms in office?

After visiting relatives living in Taiwan that a good many of them have favorable impressions towards Trump, more so than Obama. It surprises me, because Taiwan is viewed more as a liberal country ...
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Why did Wang 'William' Liqiang identify himself?

Wang 'William' Liqiang claims to be a Chinese spy who's defecting to Australia. In the world of spies, double agents, and triple agents, where intelligence agents go to great lengths to conceal what ...
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Why does Mainland China and Taiwan require Visas for each other's citizens?

Wouldn't that imply they recognize each other as different states? That is, if China considers Taiwan part of its territory, the Taiwanese are necessarily Chinese too. And equally the other way round. ...
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If Taiwan declares independence, would that mean they are relinquishing their claim over mainland China?

Preface Ever since the communist revolution in China, Taiwan aka the Republic Of China (ROC) has maintained that they are the rightful government of mainland China. The People's Republic of China (...
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Would Taiwan and China's dispute be solved if Taiwan gave up being the Republic of China?

A recent ABC article quotes National Taiwan University political scientist Shimin Chen as saying "If Taiwan's diplomatic relations reach single digits or even zero, it represents that the ...
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Why didn't Thatcher give Hong Kong to Taiwan?

So, back in the 80s, the Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, negotiated the "one country, two systems" agreement with the PRC regarding the return on Hong Kong to Chinese rule, as the treaty ...
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Does China diplomatically isolate and militarily threaten Taiwan?

An email newsletter from Eurasia Group contains the following paragraph, and I’ve bolded the statement relevant to the question: In recent months, the temperature has risen as the US broadens its ...
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Who is this Taiwanese diplomat/politician standing next to Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), president of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Please take a look at this full resolution image (for more information, see its archive page) of a Taiwanese and Solomon Islands politicians and diplomats posing for a photo with a delegation led by ...
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Diplomacy archival - Quest for official 2002 pictures - “first Taiwanese government official since 1979 to visit White House”

Here are two cropped stills I prepared from the documentary 陳定南的故事:青天典範 - 龜毛之必要 The Story of Chen Ding-Nan: The Need to be Nitpicky, which I believe show the Minister of Justice of the Republic of ...
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Why do some countries recognise Taiwan as the sole legitimate government of China?

There are some countries that recognise Taiwan (Republic of China) as the sole legitimate government of China instead of the People's Republic of China. Recently, just a few days ago, São Tomé and ...
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Has no one from the US government really talked to Taiwan for decades?

This is apparently a big controversy, but I was under the impression that the US and Taiwan were allies - there's a lot of trade, certainly, I have many items that are "Made in Taiwan". Surely there ...
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What are implementation details of Taiwan independence?

"Taiwan independence" means different things to different people. In a China mindset , it is used in the sense similar to that of "Tibetan independence movement", with the premise that Taiwan is ...
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Taiwan and the United Nations

Do each of the permanent members of the UN Security Council have veto power over new membership applications? If so, Doesn't China's veto power mean that it would most certainly veto any membership ...
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How realistic is an attack on Taiwan by China? [closed]

How realistic is an attack on Taiwan by China? Obviously there is a preventive military buildup by the Taiwan fearing a military invasion. 101 East Ditching the draft
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Does the Republic of China (Taiwan) have any chance at regaining control of mainland China?

People's Republic of China (Communist China) is technically a Marxist-inspired revolutionary state that imposed their single party dictatorship in China. The old government is in exile in Taiwan, and ...
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