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Does Ireland appear so high because of the Double Irish bookkeeping? Companies are domiciled there for tax purposes even though the value added research and manufacturing is done elsewhere? --RAN (talk) 01:13, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes, all tax havens rank highly on these tables. Added a section explaining it as it is getting quite extreme now Britishfinance (talk) 06:36, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
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All ranks should be re-instated for the CIA list. The CIA original source includes ranks for Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan etc. The data in Wikipedia should stay true the source. Arbitrary definitions of sovereignty is controversial, especially in the case of Taiwan, and has little to do with this topic of this page. CohnWellensHolmes (talk) 02:03, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
In every article that lists countries in a particular order, the ranking numbers are reserved for generally recognized sovereign states. If one were to say that that, say, Namibia is ranked X among countries when it comes to per capita GDP, it has to be a ranking of entities that undisputedly are *countries*, not dependent territories or partially recognized states. AuH2ORepublican (talk) 12:04, 10 April 2019 (UTC)
Not done: They're not countries, so are not appropriate for a list of countries. NiciVampireHeart 20:11, 10 April 2019 (UTC)
Taiwan is for all intents and purposes a country (unless you are working for or an agent of the communist Chinese government). Re-instating a rank for Taiwan is again requested. If you would prefer, use Republic of China (Taiwan). The Republic of China (Taiwan) is certainly a sovereign country by all definitions. By 22 U.S. Code § 3303 (Application to Taiwan of laws and international agreements), Taiwan is effectively treated as a country by the U.S. Government.
You are correct that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is de facto recognized by a majority of UN members, and that such recognition likely would be de jure were it not for the fact that the People's Republic of China has a policy that withholds diplomatic (and commercial, if I'm not mistaken) relations from countries that officially recognize the Republic of China. Of course, the Taiwanese government is partly to blame for this, since it officially claims to be the government of "all of China" (including mainland China) and thus de jure recognition of the Republic of China implies non-recognition of the People's Republic of China. That's as may be, but the fact remains that Taiwan, while a de facto state with substantial international recognition, is not a generally recognized sovereign state. Given the controversies concerning Taiwan's international status, it would violate NPOV to group Taiwan with generally recognized sovereign states, just as it would violate NPOV to deem Taiwan to be a province of the People's Republic of China. The numbered ranking in these articles is reserved for generally recognized sovereign states, which is why Taiwan's spot on the list is not numbered. AuH2ORepublican (talk) 17:07, 22 June 2019 (UTC)