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Taiwan News

TIME 
A panel of judges at Taiwan's Supreme Court on Friday began hearing deliberations in a landmark case that could see the island become the first nation in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. The case — which stems from the rejection of a gay activist's ... See more..
UPI.com 
Taiwan detained 20 crewmembers on a Hong Kong vessel on charges of fishing illegally in Taiwan-claimed waters. See more..
New York Times 
It is dangerous to suggest, as some American experts do, that Taiwan could be used as a bargaining chip to get China to act tougher on North Korea. United States' interests in Taiwan range from its democracy to economics and security, and are ... See more..
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UPI.com 
March 24 (UPI) -- Taiwan will soon begin its own submarine production program for the country's navy, according to local media reports. The move was announced Tuesday after Taiwanese defense leaders inked a Memorandum of Understanding with local ... See more..
Intercontinental Cry 
Demonstrators are demanding the return of traditional lands and more comprehensive action by the Tsai administration to realize transitional justice for Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan. In a high profile move, in her position as president of the ROC, Tsai ... See more..
Los Angeles Times 
Today, Taiwan loves dogs so much that last month it became one of the few places in the world to ban the common practice of euthanizing strays — a move that some experts believe could backfire, leaving the island with more dogs than it can care for. See more..
BuzzFeed News 
Taiwan has been widely touted as among the next countries likely to adopt same-sex marriage. It would be a significant move, making Taiwan the first Asian country to do so, and only the second in the Asia Pacific region, after New Zealand in 2013. See more..
Focus Taiwan News Channel 
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) There could be further exchanges between young farmers in Australia and Taiwan, as the agricultural sectors on both sides share many similarities and challenges, said Catherine Raper, representative of the Australian Office in ... See more..
TIME 
(TAIPEI) — Taiwan's government, worried about being used as a pawn by China and the United States, said on Monday the self-ruled island must protect its own interests as concerns in Taipei rise ahead of an expected meeting of U.S and Chinese leaders. See more..
Retraction Watch (blog) 
The president of a top university in Taiwan has announced he will resign from his post at the end of his first term in June. President Pan-chyr Yang of National ... See more..
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Geography

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

Total 35,980 sq km
Land 32,260 sq km
Water 3,720 sq km

***NOTE*** includes the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy islands
Climate

tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year ;
Natural Resources

small deposits of coal, natural gas, limestone, marble, and asbestos ;
Natural Hazards

earthquakes; typhoons

volcanism: Kueishantao Island (elev. 401 m), east of Taiwan, is its only historically active volcano, although it has not erupted in centuries Kueishantao Island (elev. 401 m), east of Taiwan, is its only historically active volcano, although it has not erupted in centuries ;
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution; water pollution from industrial emissions, raw sewage; contamination of drinking water supplies; trade in endangered species; low-level radioactive waste disposal ;

Demographics

Nationality
Taiwan (or Taiwanese)
Population
23,299,716 (July 2013 est.)
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Languages
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Finances

Taiwan has a dynamic capitalist economy with gradually decreasing government guidance of investment and foreign trade. Exports, led by electronics, machinery, and petrochemicals have provided the primary impetus for economic development. This heavy dependence on exports exposes the economy to fluctuations in world demand. In 2009, Taiwan's GDP contracted 1.8%, due primarily to a 13.1% year-on-year decline in exports. In 2010 GDP grew 10.7%, as exports returned to the level of previous years, and in 2011, grew 4.0%. In 2012, however, growth fell to 1.3%, because of softening global demand. Taiwan's diplomatic isolation, low birth rate, and rapidly aging population ...See More are major long-term challenges. Free trade agreements have proliferated in East Asia over the past several years, but except for the landmark Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed with China in June 2010, so far Taiwan has been excluded from this greater economic integration in part because of its diplomatic status. Negotiations continue on such follow-on components of ECFA regarding trade in goods and services. The MA administration has said that the ECFA will serve as a stepping stone toward trade pacts with other key trade partners, which Taiwan subsequently launched with Singapore and New Zealand. Taiwan's Total Fertility rate of just over one child per woman is among the lowest in the world, raising the prospect of future labor shortages, falling domestic demand, and declining tax revenues. Taiwan's population is aging quickly, with the number of people over 65 accounting for 11.2% of the island's total population as of 2012. The island runs a large trade surplus largely because of its surplus with China, and its foreign reserves are the world's fifth largest, behind China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. In 2006 China overtook the US to become Taiwan's second-largest source of imports after Japan. China is also the island's number one destination for foreign direct investment. Three financial memorandums of understanding, covering banking, securities, and insurance, took effect in mid-January 2010, opening the island to greater investments from the mainland's financial firms and institutional investors, and providing new opportunities for Taiwan financial firms to operate in China. In August 2012, Taiwan Central Bank signed a memorandum of understanding on cross-Strait currency settlement with its Chinese counterpart. The MOU allows for the direct settlement of Chinese RMB and the New Taiwan dollar across the Strait, which could help develop Taiwan into a local RMB hub. Closer economic links with the mainland bring greater opportunities for the Taiwan economy, but also poses new challenges as the island becomes more economically dependent on China while political differences remain unresolved. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$918.3 billion (2012 est.); $906.9 billion (2011 est.); $871.5 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

30.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 29.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 31.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, vegetables, fruit, tea, flowers; pigs, poultry; fish
Industries

electronics, communications and information technology products, petroleum refining, armaments, chemicals, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing, vehicles, consumer products, pharmaceuticals