China recently announced that it has resumed diplomatic ties with Gambia, a nation that prior to two years ago was one of the few countries in the world to recognize the sovereignty of Taiwan. This new relationship opens deep wounds for Taiwan, who is continuing to lose international space to China. For years Taiwan and China have battle for allies on the international landscape. This conflict has only grown as the unspoken truce between these two nations broke down in the wake of Taiwan’s landslide election of a pro-independence president.

Taiwan has been a big question in the global community for years. China wholly considers Taiwan to be an “inalienable part of China’s territory” but Taiwan has continued to move toward become more and more independent of mainland China. While nothing much has come from this disagreement, further escalation could cause a global crisis. Recognizing this, the rest of the world is very precarious when interacting with these two entities. The more independent Taiwan becomes by way of its actions and relationships with other nations, the more likely it is that China will reclaim its territory with force if necessary. It is in no one’s best interest for a war of this scale to take place and that unfortunately means that Taiwan will continue to be neglected on the international landscape.