The representative office
In 1978 the US formally cut ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan, establishing relations with the People’s Republic of China. On December 2, 2016, U.S President-elect Donald Trump and the President of Taiwan have a direct telephone conversation. This event marked the first time since 1979 that a U.S. President or President-elect had directly spoken with a Taiwan President. The People’s Republic of China wasn’t amused.
On July 8, 2017. president Trump made another diplomatic blunder by calling president Xi the president of the Republic of China, the official name of Taiwan. The People’s Republic of China laughed the gaffe away.
Under continuing pressure from China to bar any representation of Taiwan that may imply statehood, international organizations have adopted different policies toward the issue of Taiwan’s participation. In cases where almost all UN members or sovereign states participate, such as the World Health Organization, Taiwan has been completely shut out, while in others, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Taiwan participates under unusual names like “Chinese Taipei” or "Taipei Representative office"
These series are a metaphor for the de facto diplomatic solitude of the state of Taiwan.