Why won't the U.S., and the U.S. specifically, recognize Taiwan as a country? The U.S. is providing military aid to Taiwan, which angers China and provides political support for its inclusion on many international organizations such as the WHO, but the U.S. won't recognize Taiwan as a country even though it is China's biggest political rival. Why is that? It seems to go against every action the U.S. routinely does for Taiwan and against China.