Andrew Godwin


[extract] More difficult to comprehend, however, is the unconventional way in which the trading relationship has developed and the low profile, at least on an official level, which Taiwan maintains in Australia. Moreover, the difficulty increases when an attempt is made to understand the official view that Taiwan does not constitute a ’country’ itself but forms a part of that country which is popularly known as China. How is this view reconcilable with what appears to be objective reality, namely that Taiwan operates as an independent sovereign state whose separate identity is reflected in the fact that it is referred to as Taiwan and not China?

This paper considers the legal aspects of Australia’s commercial relations with Taiwan.