The countries of the world are generally pretty clear-cut. For example, we know that Canada, Mexico, Spain, and the United States are all countries. However, what happens when there is a dispute over the status of a region? In the case of Taiwan, only a few other nations recognize it is as a country.
Taiwan is seen by some nations as a sovereign entity. However, there are also nations that do not recognize Taiwan. While these nations maintain diplomatic relationships with Taiwan and acknowledge that Taiwan’s government represents the people of China, Taiwan is not viewed as an independent state by these nations.
As of 2018, there are a total of 18 nations that recognize Taiwan. The first to recognize it as an independent nation was the Holy See – also known as Vatican City. This country first recognized Taiwan in 1942.
Throughout the years, other nations have joined suit with Vatican City to recognize Taiwan, with the most recent being Saint Lucia in 2007.