Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia Online

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General Editor: Seokwoo Lee

Incorporating the work of numerous leading scholars, the Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia Online provides a detailed description of the practice and implementation of international law in various Asian states. The Encyclopedia covers the introduction of Western international law and the resulting shift from the older Asian order; the development of modern international law; and the impact that all of this has had on Asian states. Each jurisdiction included in the Encyclopedia follows a standard structure for the broadest comparative advantage and starts with a Country Snapshot (Date of Independence, Date of Admission to the United Nations, Geographical Size, Population, Demographic Information, Form of Government, System of Law), followed by a State Report Overview (Executive summary of state report, Key highlights of unique state practice).

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Overview | Taiwan

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Author(s): Wang, Kuan-Hsiung
Taiwan is an island situated 124 miles off the eastern shore of the Chinese mainland and surrounded by the East China Sea, West Pacific Ocean, Bashi Channel, and Taiwan Strait. Owing to its strategic location that is 725 miles south of Japan and 207 miles north of the Philippines, Taiwan used to play a key role during the Cold War period and was praised as an “unsinkable aircraft carrier” during the Korean War (1950–1953).The sovereignty exercised in the island of Taiwan is the Republic of China (ROC) which was established in 1912. However, after the establishment of…