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Taiwan Struggles With Conflicted Identity, Diplomatic Isolation

It has no membership in the United Nations. In the Olympics, it competes as "Chinese Taipei." Most nations don't recognize it as a country. The economically dynamic, self-governing island of Taiwan has struggled with diplomatic isolation and a conflicted identity that makes it not quite a sovereign nation -- although many Taiwanese insist it is. It has de facto independence from mainland China, but has never formalized that, so it technically still vies with the mainland...

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