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One of the prominent political parties, the Democratic Progressive Party, has stated that environment protection is one of its main tenants.1 Because of the rapid industrialization of the last century, there has been an increase in waste production, pollution, and a decrease in natural environments. Once densely forested, less than 50% of the land is now covered in natural habitat. Much of the forested areas are non-native invasive species.2

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2 https://www.worldwildlife.org/ecoregions/im0172
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Taiwan News

New Zealand Herald 
Taiwan has more in common with New Zealand than you may think. It is, for instance, a tiny scrap of land that lives in the shadow of a much, much, much bigger sister to its left (in more ways than one): as we do. And tiny Taiwan's 23 million ... See more..
Forbes 
Originally designed for Taiwan, Beijing applied the “One Country, Two Systems” principle to Hong Kong on July 1, 1997 when sovereignty of the territory was passed from Britain to China. But “One Country, Two Systems,” which guarantees a degree of ... See more..
The Straits Times 
They say bins filled with used toilet paper tarnish Taiwan's image as a clean city. Opposition Kuomintang lawmaker Lu Shiow-yen questioned why Taiwan is one of the few places in the world where people do not flush their toilet paper down the toilet ... See more..
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Daily Mail 
This elderly man has been dubbed Taiwan's strongest grandfather as well as a 'Real-life Master Roshi' after a video of his incredible gym routine went viral. Huang Ching-hsin, 72, is the super-fit grandpa from a clip now viewed millions of times on ... See more..
Nikkei Asian Review 
TAIPEI -- The Taiwan Strait will likely generate an annual 3 million kilowatts to 5 million kilowatts from wind power, Premier Lin Chuan said Monday, implying an upgrade to the previously targeted 3 million kilowatts in 2025, thanks to investment ... See more..
Foreign Policy (blog) 
“We urge you to adopt a policy of regular and consistent support for Taiwan's self-defense efforts and not allow concerns about China to take precedence over Taiwan,” according to the letter obtained by Foreign Policy. The senators also cite a “small ... See more..
Markets Insider 
(RTTNews) - The Taiwan stock market bounced higher again on Monday, one session after it had snapped the six-day winning streak in which it had surged more than 300 points or 3.1 percent. Now at a fresh 27-year closing high, the Taiwan Stock Exchange ... See more..
Android Central 
Starting in July, Samsung Taiwan plans to sell a 'rose pink' version of the Galaxy S8+ on its online store for a limited time, since artificial scarcity is the hallmark of a shrewd marketing campaign. It will cost TW 27,900, which is roughly $920 USD ... See more..
The Edge Markets MY 
(June 26): The South Korean won and the Taiwan dollar headed for a third day of gains on Monday, as the dollar came under some pressure after a subdued ... See more..
Taiwan News 
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) and environmental chief Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) on Tuesday led a large delegation to Brussels, Belgium to attend the EU-Taiwan Meet on Industry of the Future, a business oriented event ... 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

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