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Would I be able to visit Chengdu, China in a couple of weeks flying from Tokyo to Chengdu for less than 72 hours and then flying to Taiwan? Would Taiwan be considered a third country for these purposes? I am a US citizen.

I did read on a few websites (including the Trip advisor article) that Taiwan is considered a third country for immigration purposes but have not read it anywhere that looks official. I would feel more comfortable hearing it from someone that has personally used the 72 hour visa free entry in China on their way to Taiwan. Has anyone actually done this?
Thanks in advance for any help.

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