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Taiwan News

BBC News 
A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in ... See more..
Livemint 
Taipei/Hong Kong: Taiwan's push to include F-35 fighter jets in its first arms deal with President Donald Trump could pose the next challenge to the diplomatic detente between the new US leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Taiwan, which has ... See more..
THE BUSINESS TIMES 
[TAIPEI] Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, largely tracking Asian shares and ending the week's rally, while the local currency pulled back from a two-and-a-half-year intraday high hit in the previous session. Asian shares dipped after a US tax plan ... See more..
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Hong Kong Standard (press release) 
Taiwan faces a more complicated task this year in seeking to attend a United Nations health agency meeting than it has in the past, a senior official said yesterday, as the self-ruled island braces for another setback in ties with rival China ... See more..
BioPharma Dive 
Headquartered in Singapore with offices in Taiwan, China and Australia, ASLAN has raised $100 million since its inception in 2010. The company is now getting ready for an initial public offering in Taiwan in May, and CEO Carl Firth says that Taiwan ... See more..
Taiwan News 
According to the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, published by the press freedom campaign group Reporters without Borders, Taiwan is the highest-ranking country in Asia for press freedom. Their report, which placed Taiwan in 45th place globally – an ... See more..
Washington Post 
Thomas J. Shattuck is an assistant editor and research associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. On March 19, Taiwanese human rights and democracy activist Lee Ming-che traveled to China and has not been heard from since. It took China 10 ... See more..
Daily Mail 
These disturbing and utterly bizarre photos show how one man decided to shackle a grey rat and put it in the stocks after he caught the rodent snooping around his home. A Taiwanese man named Lee Wei-chin posted the photos to social media and has ... See more..
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News 
United BioPharma (UBP) will use GE Healthcare's FlexFactory™ manufacturing platform at its new facility in Taiwan's Hsinchu Industrial Park, focusing on ... See more..
PopCrush 
While Britney's never formally brought a tour to Taiwan before, she did once graciously try out some snacks on camera while thanking the good people of Taiwan during the …Baby One More Time era. Here's hoping her Taiwanese fans provide her with even ... 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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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