There are no veto players without a constitutional mandate within the political system of Taiwan. However, due to its historical relations stemming from the Chinese civil war, China plays, and will so for the foreseeable future, a crucial role in Taiwanese politics. Beijing still considers Taiwan a breakaway province and threatens war if formal independence is declared. The situation still needs to be considered grave, especially after Beijing has increased the amount of missiles directed at targets in Taiwan. This leads to politicians regularly refraining from introducing policies which may upset the rulers in Beijing. Additionally China tries to develop more and more strongholds in Taiwanâ€™s economy, especially the media sector. Therefore the Peopleâ€™s Republic
has to be considered as an important external veto player in Taiwanâ€™s political landscape.