April 7, 2009 Court of Appeals Decision
Important quotation(s) from the decision:
America and China's tumultuous relationship over the past sixty years has trapped the inhabitants of Taiwan in political purgatory. During this time the people on Taiwan have lived without any uniformly recognized government. In practical terms, this means they have uncertain status in the world community which infects the population's day-to-day lives.
This pervasive ambiguity has driven Appellants to try to concretely define their national identity and personal rights.
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Once the Executive determines Taiwan's sovereign we can decide Appellant's resulting status and concomitant rights expeditiously. . . . . . Appellants insist they do not ask the court to determine Taiwan's sovereign; however, without knowing Appellants' status, we cannot delineate Appellants' resultant rights.
decision: US Court of Appeals Washington, D.C. (pdf)