The Statehood of Taiwan: A Strange Case of Domestic Strength and International Challenge

  • Cal Clark


The issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty and statehood is certainly paradoxical, to say the least. Domestically, the Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan has a strong and successful state, and it exercises all facets of sovereignty. In the 1990s, it completed a model democratic transition; and earlier its state-led development strategy was widely termed an “economic miracle.” Yet, there is limited official recognition of Taiwan’s statehood and sovereignty internationally because of pressure from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which claims that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.


Chinese Communist Party Democratic Progressive Party Diplomatic Recognition Diplomatic Status Partisan Polarization 
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