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Taiwan loses diplomatic ally as Dominican Republic switches ties to China
Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. It was one of the founding members of the United Nations and had represented China until 1971 when it lost its seat to the People’s Republic of China. Despite the one China agreement in 1992, both PRC and ROC have maintained their respective interpretations. However, their economic ties have become stronger than ever especially in the electric and IT manufacturing industries.
Now, even though Taiwanese passport is still accepted as a valid travel document in most countries in the world, the number of countries that recognizes Taiwan as an official state and maintains diplomatic relations has been declining recently, and there are only 19 states left after the latest departure of Dominican Republic. What makes this island state so isolated?
Enjoy reading and learn why a country that has visa-free status with 137 countries has diplomatic relations only with 19 countries.