This book unravels taiwans anomalous place in the international community while it is for all intents and purposes treated as a sovereign state by most members of the international community it is recognized by only twenty three of them. Contents steve tsang taiwan as a member of the international community steven m goldstein soft power as a foreign policy tool for taiwan chia lung lin the importance of china and identity politics in taiwans diplomacy dennis hickey the usas continuing commitment to taiwan gregory w noble post colonial sentiments and security . The controversy regarding the political status of taiwan sometimes referred to as the taiwan issue or taiwan strait issue or from a taiwanese perspective as the mainland issue is a result of the chinese civil war and the subsequent split of china into the two present day self governing entities of the peoples republic of china prc . The chinese government has frequently raised concerns in the international arena by blocking taiwan from joining the international community china once again uses its sharp power to censor taiwans sovereignty now even extending such practice into the private sector. Implications for taiwans participation in international organizations structure matters i now turn to the second principal task at hand examining the implications of these issues of taiwans international or sovereign status for taiwans membership and participation in international organizations
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