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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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Is there an attempted-to-be-comprehensive list of major organizations that have made formal apologies to China?

First, examples of the kinds of "apologies to China" I'm asking about: Bulgari apologizes to China for listing Taiwan as a country after online backlash Intel apologises in China over ...
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Is there any other reason to stockpile minerals aside preparing for war?

“The Chinese central government stockpiling minerals is one potential indicator that it may be preparing to invade Taiwan,” ​Gregory Wischer of Dei Gratia Minerals told the Commission in a prepared ...
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What would have to happen for the recently passed "reform" bill in Taiwan to become law?

The Guardian's May 29, 2024 Taiwan passes controversial reform bill after violence and protests summarizes the current situation. The bills were driven by the two major opposition parties, the ...
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What intelligence was released in order to "blunt Chinese saber-rattling in the Taiwan Strait"?

From Time Magazine's March X, 2024 Inside the White House Program to Share America’s Secrets: The motivation behind the program, the officials say, is that it works. Strategic declassification has ...
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Did China ever condemn a country for setting up a de facto embassy in Taiwan?

When the United States recognized the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate entity of "China" in 1979, it established a non-governmental body known as the American Institute in ...
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In the absence of embassies in each other's territories, which organizations serve as the conduit for communication between China and Taiwan?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_Taiwan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_China In the absence of embassies in each other's territories, which ...
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Does the Democratic Progressive Party plan to modify the founding ideology of the Republic of China?

The Democratic Progressive Party of the Republic of China (aka Taiwan) aims at modifying the ROC's constitution. See here, and here. Does this party plan to modify the first article of the ...
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Did the U.S. make any public statement that it support China's goal of peaceful unification with Taiwan?

Chinese officials also asked in advance of the summit that Biden make a public statement after the meeting saying that the U.S. supports China’s goal of peaceful unification with Taiwan and does not ...
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Can Terry Gou provide guarantees of the necessary independence for the role of president of Taiwan? [closed]

I saw in the news that Foxconn founder Terry Gou will run as a third party candidate in the 2024 Taiwanese presidential election. As far as I know he is still a major shareholder of Foxconn. This link*...
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Following "The top priority now is to stop Lai Ching-te's visit to the United States." did China take any measures to try to do so?

Politico's August 12, 2023 Taiwan’s VP defies Beijing with New York City transit stop includes: Lai, the leading presidential candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming election, is using the Big Apple stop to ...
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Are there any laws of other countries similar to the Taiwan Relations Act (1979) of the United States?

The G7 has made a joint declaration of support (2023 July) for Ukraine towards... Ensuring a sustainable force capable of defending Ukraine now and deterring Russian aggression in the future, through ...
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Is there an (attempted) complete list of organizations that have barred Taiwan from joining or participating with them, in order to appease China?

The Taipei Times's June 11, 2013 Taiwan group barred from French event to due to China begins: An overseas Taiwanese association is seeking public support after it was denied access to a cultural ...
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Are there PRC plans for the people of Taiwan following a successful reunification?

I know that the range of possibilities is broad, but some officials, such as the Chinese ambassador to France already spoke about unspecified re-education: https://twitter.com/badiucao/status/...
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Has the Taiwan / Republic of China (ROC) government ever made any territorial claim on areas in Arunachal Pradesh, India, like the Chinese PRC Govt.?

The BBC's April 4, 2023 Arunachal Pradesh: India rejects China's attempt to rename disputed places led me to read Wikipedia's Arunachal Pradesh. The introduction of that article, until a few days ago, ...
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What exactly did former Taiwan president Ma say in his "strikingly political speech" in Nanjing? Need sufficiently nuanced translation of whole thing

The BBC's April 5, 2023 Is Taiwan in danger of being loved to death? includes the following: Meanwhile the Communist Party of China has mounted its own charm offensive, by inviting President Tsai's ...
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"You better not meet with X or else we'll do stuff!" Besides China's statements about Taiwan's president meeting US Speakers are there other examples?

After former US House of Representatives Speaker (2nd in line to US president after the Vice President) Nancy Pelosi travelled to Taiwan and met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (see August 2, 2022 ...
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Why does People's Republic of China (PRC) tolerate the existence of a "de facto embassy" of the Republic of China (ROC) in Russia?

It is well known that Communist China (PRC) is really sensitive about countries that establish formal relations with the Republic of China in Taiwan (ROC). One prominent example is the PRC reaction on ...
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Is the government in power in Taiwan the same Government before Imperial Japan? [closed]

As I was studying developments between the PRC's and ROC's informal and formal "diplomacy" (I put it in quotation marks because the PRC's form of diplomacy is literally launching missiles ...
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Why is the US vowing to protect Taiwan when they won't protect Ukraine?

I have read on the news that the US military and the President have vowed to protect Taiwan if China invades the de facto independent, sovereign nation. China arguably has a stronger claim to Taiwan ...
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Can the president of U.S. order troops to defend Taiwan under a Chinese invasion without Congress' approval?

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 put lots of restrictions of U.S. presidents for war declaring: From Wikipedia: The War Powers Resolution (also known as the War Powers Resolution of 1973 or the War ...
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Does any international law support the claim that "Taiwan's independence or not should be decided by Taiwanese people, not by any other country"?

I wonder if any international law or agreement authorizes the Taiwanese people with the right to self-determination. Namely "Taiwan's independence or not should be decided by Taiwanese people, ...
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Why did Sen. Ed Markey's delegation to Taiwan fly aboard a USAF (passenger) jet?

I understand that Nancy Pelosi regularly gets a USAF passenger jet for long-distance abroad (C-40, a modified Boeing 737 if I'm not mistaken), because she's third in the "line of succession" ...
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What do Taiwan independence supporters want to do with the areas controlled by the ROC that aren't part of Taiwan?

The Republic of China's government controls the island of Taiwan and a few islands in Fuchien (Fujian) province. Do most proposals for an independent Taiwan call for the ROC controlled parts of ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

I wonder based on the current agreements between United States and Taiwan, if Taiwan has the right to strike (fire) against PLA of China first when they feel they will be invaded by China but still ...
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In terms of Realpolitik, what does the West gain from supporting Taiwan?

The West has been supporting Taiwan for decades and is constantly worried about China taking over the island. But in practical terms... why do they care? What risks does the West face from allowing ...
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What commodities do China and Taiwan trade, primarily?

Recently after Pelosi's visit to Taiwan , China suspended the trade with Taiwan for many products It blocked import of goods like fruits, certain types of fish, etc. and also halted the export of Sand ...
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Does a country in a, nominal or actual, civil war lose credibility when it's unable to control its territorial waters? e.g. Taiwan, Gibraltar possibly [closed]

In every historical case since the establishment of the UN, when warships freely sail within the territorial waters of a country without prior approval, it was seen as a challenge to the authority and ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

Reading the Western press, the People's Republic of China (from hereon China) regularly threatens military brimstone and hellfire if the Republic of China (Taiwan) dares to declare independence. ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan? A lot of people who know nothing about geopolitics are saying that China is throwing a tantrum, but is this really the ...
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Why are people in China offended by a visit of Pelosi to Taiwan?

Nancy Pelosi recently visited Taiwan, and some people in China are offended about it. WHat is the reason? I know that China claims that Taiwan belongs to them, but I claim Spain belongs to me and I am ...
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Was there risk that Speaker Pelosi's aircraft could have been shot down by the People's Liberation Army?

I was reading a New York Times article today and was struck by a particular passage. Here is a quote: Then, as Ms. Pelosi’s plane was touching down in Taiwan late Tuesday night, some social media ...
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How close is China's army allowed to be around Taiwan in order to avoid/trigger Taiwanese army's firing?

It is reported that China will hold live ammunition military drills around Taiwan as Pelosi visits. If you look at these red blocks representing China's ammunition military drills regions, it seems ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the present Taiwan and Donbas political dilemmas? [closed]

The American Congress’ Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has today (2/8/22) landed in Taiwan, against China’s wishes. China is therefore about to start “live fire” military ...
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What is the role of Taiwanese semiconductor industry in Chinese and American policy regarding Taiwan?

Taiwanese semiconductor industry (especially TSMC) is extremly important and valuable on the global scale. Given this: Is it a major reason for Chinese interest in Taiwan? Considering possible ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

In 1979, the United States made a commitment in the China-U.S. Joint Communiqué -- "The United States of America recognizes the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal ...
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Why was American government's response so soft towards the Chinese government's very aggressive messages about Pelosi's Taiwan visit? [closed]

Recently the U.S. announced that Pelosi would be visiting Taiwan. The Chinese government threatened that if that happened, they would respond militarily. Xi even told Biden the following words: "...
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Why are the United States government as well as many others supporting Taiwanese sovereignty despite their own anti secession laws?

The People's Republic of China, according to many reports, is considering invading Taiwan. There is a law on the books that says if Taiwan does not bend diplomatically they will try to make it part of ...
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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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