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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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1 https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/environmental-issues-facing-taiwan/

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

Quartz 
On Tuesday (Aug. 15) evening at 5pm local time, millions of households and businesses across Taiwan suddenly went dark. For some, phone lines and TVs went dead for a few hours. For others, entire production lines came to a halt. Taiwan's state-backed ... See more..
Reuters 
BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said ... See more..
Reuters 
Cambodian police said 225 Chinese nationals, 25 of them women, were arrested in Phnom Penh, the capital, on Wednesday. Immigration authorities said another 151 Chinese and three Taiwanese had been arrested on Aug. 2 in the provinces of Siem Reap ... See more..
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Teslarati 
The government of Taiwan is reportedly planning to approach Tesla about setting up lithium ion battery facilities on the heels of Tuesday's blackout, the island nation's biggest power outage since 1999. The facilities would be aimed at storing ... See more..
Channel NewsAsia 
HONG KONG: Taiwan hit out against the jailing of three young Hong Kong protest leaders Thursday (Aug 17) in its latest gesture of support for the city's pro-democracy movement, a move likely to anger Beijing. China is accused of tightening its grip in ... See more..
New York Times 
Some subway cars in Taipei, Taiwan, have been decorated to resemble pools, playing fields and other sports venues ahead of the 29th Summer Universiade, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 university athletes from around the world. See more..
Business Standard 
Taiwan, a global hub for precision tools manufacturing, is gearing for a larger share of the Indian market, which is dominated by cheaper, low precision imports from China. The Taiwanese government has asked manufacturers and traders to focus on the ... See more..
The Economist 
LARGE parts of Taiwan went black: roads were lit only by the headlights of the cars driving along them, and even the capital's landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101, was in darkness. The emergency services were inundated with calls, many from people trapped ... See more..
DutchNews.nl 
A photograph of the Dutch men's water polo team has created a media hype in Taiwan where the team is taking part in the Universiade games – an international sports event for student teams. The hype began when coach Robin van Galen uploaded the ... See more..
New York Post 
TAIPEI – Taiwan's military is on a high state of alert following three straight days of drills by the Chinese air force near to the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as its own, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The Chinese aircraft ... 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