No tangible benefit; simply a nonsensical policy In reality China has neither grip nor influence on Taiwan! When dealing with Taiwan's status, it is imperative to distinguish independence in word and independence in deed. In all respects but name, Taiwan is an independent country: it has its own government, economy, military, and constitution. But in word it is not independent merely because no country recognizes it as such. Since Taiwan acts as an independent country in the status quo, what benefit would be gained from declaring independence. This would be nothing but a symbolic move, one that has no benefit but would upset the delicate status quo by unnecessarily provoking China. A declaration of independence would not change how Taiwan operates; it would merely endanger Taiwan by incurring a threat from China. Declaring independence simply is not a sensical policy nor is it a policy that has any real-world benefit for Taiwan.