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The geopolitical complexities surrounding the cross-Strait relations prevent Taiwanese leaders from pursuing the goal of de jure sovereignty for the country. This results in the continued non-recognition of Taiwan as a legitimate state in the international community, particularly among the United Nations members. Consequently, Taiwan is forced to resign itself to the vulnerabilities and vicissitudes induced by its quasi-sovereign status that continuously contracts as China’s ‘sinicization’1 project progresses. To prevent its complete co-optation within the ‘One-China’ trajectory, the Taiwanese government has been resolute in preserving and enhancing the country’s shrinking sovereign space amid the China constraints that continue to threaten this space. The term ‘sovereign space’ refers to Taiwan’s de facto domestic and interdependence sovereignty, as opposed to any de jure international legal sovereignty.2 To do so, Taipei has vigorously promoted and actively campaigned for its right to join in multilateral and preferential trade activities.
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- Trading in shadows: investigating Taiwan’s statist linkages
Michael Intal Magcamit
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