INTRODUCTION TO TAIWAN'S LEGAL STATUS
TREATIES IN FORCE
In the 1959 DC Circuit case of Sheng v. Rogers,
the judges found that Taiwan was not a part of the national territory of the Republic of China (ROC).
Considering this fact, it should not come as a surprise that for many years the "Taiwan" entry in
the U.S. Dept. of State publication Treaties in Force has clearly noted that "The United States
does not recognize the Republic of China as a state or a government."
Full details are available in the 500+ page text of this official U.S. government publication.
For convenience, a 5-page EXCERPT of the 2013 edition is also available. It includes the Cover Page, Foreword, the Taiwan entry, and the Treaty of Peace with Japan (April 28, 1952) entry.