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CSIS urges changes to help Taiwan join world bodies

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

“Taiwan is left out of the loop,” Glaser says, adding that many states are unable or unwilling to risk “Beijing’s ire” by lobbying on Taiwan’s behalf, she says.

Taiwan’s ability to pursue and expand its international footprint is limited by the unique challenges it faces, particularly ambiguity surrounding its statehood and relations vis-a-vis Beijing, the study says.

China is fearful that as Taiwan’s global participation independent of China continues to grow, the nation could use its increased space to push for de jure independence, Glaser says.

“This fear exists despite the fact that Beijing’s considerable economic and political influence in the world makes it extremely unlikely that Taipei could leverage its presence in international organizations to achieve independence,” she says.

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