Taiwan is an island country in East Asia, off the coast of southeastern mainland China. After the Chinese Civil War, the governments of both Taiwan and mainland China claimed sovereignty over each other’s territory; after Taiwan’s transition to democracy in the 1980s, it stopped claiming sovereignty over mainland China, but the PRC didn’t return the favour. Because the PRC also maintains a policy of not having diplomatic ties with any country that has them with Taiwan, there are very few countries around the world that officially recognise Taiwan, although many maintain unofficial ties.
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