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Special State-to-State Relations is a term first used by then R.O.C. President Lee Teng-Hui in an interview with Deutsche Welle on July 9, 1999. It describes the relationship between the Republic of China (a.k.a. Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China (a.k.a. China). When the R.O.C.’s constitution was amended in 1991, it established the country’s territory as limited to the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. It also established that the president and members of the Legislative Yuan would be elected only by citizens from these territories. Finally, it established the legal legitimacy of the R.O.C. The relations between Taiwan and China at that point in time had long been one of state-to-state or “special” state-to-state, having ceased to be a relationship of one legal government vs. one rebel government or a relationship between a central government and local government that a “One China” relations model would imply.