UN membership is not required to be a de facto independent state. Taiwan and Kosovo are both de facto independent states and not members of the UN.Yohan wrote:No, Taiwan is NOT an independent country. It's political status is unclear. Its government was kicked out of UN and being replaced with the government of mainland China in 1971. Taiwan tries to return to the UN since about 15 years but was always rejected. Presently it is a member of 'Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)' together with Tibet and some others.momopi wrote: De facto independent country
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By "de facto" I mean "in effect" or "in reality" regardless of opinion.