Reading the Yahoo article about how Pres-Elect Trump talked to the leader of Taiwan makes me remember why I thought Taiwan was a real country… But it is not…
Naturallt it is positive that an incoming American president reach out and talk with people of importance, and Taiwan does have people leading its society. But the reference in the article to “Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen” is a stretch.
Let’s look to the Brookings Institute for a more accurate protrayal. Taiwan, after all, has no seat in the UN General Assembly (the gold standard for statehood in today’s world), so they are on par with the Kurds. Even Palestine has some formal recognition in the UN as a non-member observer, or some such thing, and that might even have been augmented since I can remember.
Taiwan has only existed in present form since 1948, and was economically viable only with boatloads of US cash and favoritism. Historically Taiwan is part of China.
“Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations (UN) or its suborganizations, but it aspires to participate. China opposes this. It argues, correctly, that only sovereign states can enjoy membership in the UN; any state that manages to enter into the UN system as a full member in its own right is seen by the other member states as a fully-fledged independent country. China also claims Taiwan as part of its territory and denies that Taiwan is a sovereign state. China is adamant about preventing recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign state and its membership in the UN system. So far China has been successful in this endeavor. Membership – the highest form of participation – in the United Nations is inextricably linked with the question of sovereignty.”
It’s weird though… Before I moved to Asia, I too thought Taiwan was a real country.