Is Taiwan autonomous?

Can someone please explain to me the current status of Taiwan?


7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Taiwan is an independant autonomous state currently being run using the modified constitution of the former Chinese government in exile, the Republic of China, also known as the KuoMingDang (KMT) government. I say modified, as originally no opposition party was allowed in the KMT republic, but that changed in 1989 with the lowering of martial law after Lee Tung Hui allowed for democratic demonstration and opposition parties to run for seats in government.

    Currently Taiwan is wholly separate and independant governmental entity that is not recognized by the UN primarily because the former enemy of Taiwan, the PRC (People's Republic of China) vetoes the movement to recognize the nation of Taiwan. The PRC won the Chinese civil war for the benefit of the communist party in 1949 and caused the ROC to move away, thus creating two new nations. Ironically when Carter and Nixon changed the recognition of the official Chinese government to the PRC in the 70's, Taiwan had a chance to accept a seat at the UN as the nation of Taiwan, but apparently the dictator of Taiwan had a hissy fit and turned down the easy way to stay in the club, and walked away from the UN. Today, Taiwan pays for his mistake.

    Most nations still have 'trade organizations' that do everything a diplomatic embassy would do for you in Taiwan, and won't risk losing their source of cheap labor and easy exploitation they get by offending the PRC.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Taiwan today operates under the Republic of China constitution (promulgated in 1912). As for provincial administration - Taiwan had a governor until 1998 when it was replaced by a provincial Chairman and a 9 member provincial council. The current Taiwan province chairman is Lin Jenq-Tzer.

    Since the ROC president appoints provincial council and Taiwan province chairman I don't think you can say it's autonomous. Basically the Republic of China policy is Taiwan province policy.

  • 10 years ago

    Taiwan is a densely populated island of 23 million persons living under a democratic system. The legal status of Taiwan has been a contentious issue for over 60 years, with each of several factions describing it in terms that suit themselves.

    The PRC says it belongs to the Mainland China government. This is by far the weakest argument.

    The ROC says it belongs to them, yet sovereignty over the land was never legally given to them; it was taken by force during "The White Terror" period.

    The US classifies Tiawan's status as "underdetermined". That's about as "wishy-washy" as anyone can be, considering the USA has the only internationally valid claim to Taiwan, with it being an "unicorporated territory under US Military Government jurisdiction".

    The 23 million persons living on the island should have the right to enjoy the freedoms and respect that their ancestors earned after 300 years of fighting off foreign invasions. Taiwan should be allowed to be an independent country, without the major powers in the UN continuing to fight over its status.

    Source(s): WNL
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Taiwan is not only de facto but also de jure a country.

    Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Chinese Qing Dynasty and founded the Republic of China in 1912.

    The Republic of China, now more commonly known as Taiwan, was a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council till 1972.

    Mao Zedong defeated but did not overthrow the Republic of China and founded the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Chinese Mainland. The People's Republic of China, more simply known as China, took the place of the Republic of China as the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 1972. The Republic of China, or Taiwan, has continously been in existence and doing well in the (Chinese) Taiwan area.

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  • 10 years ago

    It has its own government, currency, flag, military etc.

    I live in England and can assure you that Taiwan has as much sovereignty as the UK enjoys

  • 7 years ago

    yes. Owns president

    Owns political power!

  • jjohny
    Lv 6
    10 years ago


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