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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

The Diplomat 
On October 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 19th Party Congress with a three-and-a-half-hour speech. His strong rhetoric against Taiwan in his work report immediately triggered a response. On the same day, ... See more..
FOXSports.com 
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Eun-Hee Ji carded a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on a rainy Thursday. Ji got off to a strong start with back-to-back birdies at the Miramar Resort and Country Club, and ... See more..
SpaceNews 
COSMIC-2 Taiwan is providing the six COSMIC-2 spacecraft under a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The governments of Taiwan and the U.S. ... See more..
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Wall Street Journal 
There are some companies, particularly in Asia, that stand to benefit from such hot tech trends, but which still trade at reasonable valuations. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. TSM -1.24% , the world's largest made-to-order chip maker, is one such. See more..
The National Interest Online (blog) 
Of course there are many different scenarios in which the PLA could be activated to pressure Taiwan, not all of them involving an all-out assault to invade the island. The PLA Navy (PLAN) and Air Force (PLAAF), for example, can be used to blockade ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
The first non-stop flights from the UK to Taiwan in five years will launch in December, courtesy of China Airlines. From its 100 peaks above 3,000 metres to a toilet-themed restauurant, here are 15 reasons why you should concern yourself with visiting ... See more..
FOXSports.com 
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Eun-Hee Ji had a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA's Taiwan Championship. Ji got off to a strong start with back-to-back birdies at the Miramar Golf Country Club, and added four ... See more..
The Straits Times 
PRINCETON/TAIPEI • The United States and Taiwan have inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost military cooperation between the two sides, as China's communist party kicks off its key congress this week. The MOU, signed by Taiwan ... See more..
The FINANCIAL 
The FINANCIAL -- Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Co Ltd on October 19 announces that it has reached an agreement to sell a part of its traditional life insurance portfolio to China Life Insurance Co., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. This sale supports ... See more..
U.S. News & World Report 
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's government said on Wednesday that it was "absolutely" the right of Taiwan's 23 million people to decide their future, after Chinese President Xi Jinping said any attempt to separate the island from China would be thwarted. 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