Taiwan’s Political Status: Historical Background and Ongoing Implications

30 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RS22388/. Source: Congressional Research Service.

In 1979, official U.S. relations with Taiwan (the Republic of China) became a casualty of the American decision to recognize the government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) as China’s sole legitimate government. Since then, U.S. unofficial relations with Taiwan have been built on the framework of the Taiwan Relations Act (P.L. 96-8) and shaped by three U.S.-China communiques.

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