Taiwan

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Background: In 1895, military defeat forced China to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan 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 local population within the governing structure. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be the relationship between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic political and economic reform.
Location: Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China
Area land: 32,260 sq km
Area water: 3,720 sq km
Coastline: 1,566.3 km
Country name conventional long form: none
Country name conventional short form: Taiwan
Country name former: Formosa
Population: 23,071,779 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 15.6% (male 1,875,359/female 1,732,007); 15-64 years: 73.4% (male 8,538,881/female 8,406,716); 65 years and over: 10.9% (male 1,198,591/female 1,320,225) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: 0.193% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 8.9 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 7 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: 0.03 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.084 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.08 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.92 male(s)/female; total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 5.18 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 5.46 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 4.88 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 78.32 years; male: 75.5 years; female: 81.36 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 1.15 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA;
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA;
HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA;
Nationality: noun: Taiwan (singular and plural);

note: example - he or she is from Taiwan; they are from Taiwan
adjective: Taiwan;
Ethnic groups: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84%, mainland Chinese 14%, indigenous 2%;
Religions: mixture of Buddhist and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%;
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects;
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 96.1%; male: NA; female: NA (2003);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $823.6 billion (2010 est.); $745.4 billion (2009 est.); $759.8 billion (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $427 billion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 10.5% (2010 est.); -1.9% (2009 est.); 0.7% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $35,800 (2010 est.); $32,400 (2009 est.); $33,100 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1.4%; industry: 31.1%; services: 67.5% (2010 est.);
Population below poverty line: 1.16% (2010 est.);
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA; highest 10%: 40.3% (2010);
Labor force: 11.07 million (2010 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 5.2%; industry: 35.9%; services: 58.8% (2010 est.);
Unemployment rate: 5.2% (2010 est.); 5.9% (2009 est.);
Budget: revenues: $72.24 billion; expenditures: $79.65 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: electronics, communications and information technology products, petroleum refining, armaments, chemicals, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing, vehicles, consumer products, pharmaceuticals ;
Industrial production growth rate: 26.4% (2010 est.);
Electricity - production: 229.1 billion kWh (2009);
Electricity - consumption: 220.8 billion kWh (2009);
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2009 est.);
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2009 est.);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.

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Appledaily


http://www.appledaily.com.tw/

Central News Agency

Taipei
http://www.cna.com.tw

CommonWealth

(Monthly business magazine), Tapei
http://www.cw.com.tw/

Jhongguo Shihbao/China Times

Taipei
http://news.chinatimes.com/

Liberty Times

Taipei
http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/

Taipei Times

(English language), Taipei
http://www.taipeitimes.com

Taiwan News Online

Taipei
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/index_en.php

Taiwan in the News

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We Are Taiwanese, We Are Chinese

As China continues to demand that Taiwan be recognized as domestic property, most experts agree that the island, which houses East Asia’s most stable democracy, will soon have to surrender to the geopolitical laws of gravity or commit itself, once and for all, to a determined trajectory, one that holds some hope of complete sovereignty.

New Law Authorizes Use of Force Against Taiwan

In a move which has drawn criticism from around the world, China has overwhelmingly passed a controversial bill which sanctions the use of force should Taiwan ever seek formal independence. By Rich Bowden.

Touring Taiwan by Rail

Taiwan’s railways offer an endless variety of experience, and an infinite range of fascinating scenery. If you want to get a close look at the island’s beauties, choose a railroad tour and immerse yourself in the delights of enchanting coastlines, awesome mountains, placid farmlands, and engrossing countryside.

Australian "Son of Star Wars" Purchase Raises Arms Race Fears

Critics have condemned the Australian government's plan to acquire a National Missile Defense (NMD) system from the U.S. claiming its implementation could destabilize the region.

 

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