The importance of diplomacy : a case study of Taiwan

Nemeskéri, Dalma and Zádori, Iván: The importance of diplomacy : a case study of Taiwan. In: Belvedere Meridionale, (32) 3. pp. 103-114. (2020)

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After the de facto separation of China in 1949, the international community was divided on the issue which government represents the Chinese nation as a whole. Until the 1970s the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan maintained its seat in the UN, and formal ties to a significant number of countries. However, by the end of this decade, in 1980, Taipei government was left with merely 22 diplomatic allies.1 Our article focuses on the position of Taiwan after this shift, examining the regime’s perception of the effects of recognition and derecognition. As the Taipei government has put significant efforts into the preservation (and expansion) of diplomatic relations with states that are not considered globally influential, we examined what possible effects and consequences these ties can have on the international legal status of the entity. It has to be noted that for this purpose, only the official relations, and diplomatic allies of the ROC were considered. After describing the diplomatic activities of Taiwan, and the shifts in the number of its diplomatic allies (between 1988–2020), we found three main areas which are positively affected by these ties. They provide basis for the regime’s claim to sovereignty and statehood, and they enhance Taiwanese presence in international institutions (and indicate the unresolved nature of the entity’s international legal status). Most importantly, they help to maintain the international nature of the cross-strait conflict and contribute to preserve the status quo.

Item Type: Article
Heading title: Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Belvedere Meridionale
Date: 2020
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 2064-5929
Page Range: pp. 103-114
Language: angol
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Diplomácia, Tajvan
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 112-114. és a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 05. Social sciences
Date Deposited: 2021. Feb. 23. 10:20
Last Modified: 2021. Feb. 23. 10:20

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