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Taiwan Introduction

       Taiwan is a mountainous island in the South China Sea, about 140 kilometres off the Chinese coast.

       The Chinese call the island Taiwan, meaning terraced bay. The wild, forested beauty of the island led Portuguese sailors in 1590 to name it Ilha Formosa, meaning beautiful island.

A Short Background

In 1895, military defeat forced China to cede Taiwan to Japan, however it reverted to Chinese control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China.

Over the next five decades, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the native population within its governing structure. Throughout this period, the island has prospered to become one of East Asia's economic "Tigers."

The dominant political issue continues to be the relationship between Taiwan and China and the question of eventual reunification.

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Topography of Taiwan - Read more about the geography and topography of Taiwan

History of Taiwan - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Taiwan

Life & People of Taiwan - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Taiwan

Local Cuisine of Taiwan - Find out delicious local cuisines of Taiwan

Holidays in Taiwan - Check out a list of the local holidays in Taiwan

Festivals in Taiwan - Learn about the festivals in Taiwan

Embassies of Taiwan - Provides an Embassy database for Taiwan

Administration facts of Taiwan - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Taiwan

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Attractions in Taiwan - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Taiwan

Maps of Taiwan - Discover a detailed map of Taiwan

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Geography of Taiwan - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Taiwan

People of Taiwan - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Taiwan

Government and Politics in Taiwan - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Taiwan.

Economy of Taiwan - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Taiwan

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Military of Taiwan - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Taiwan

Transnational Issues of Taiwan - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Taiwan


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