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Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC; Chinese: 中華民國; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó), is a region in East Asia. It is the nationalist government of China since its settlement in 1949. It is called the Republic of China (ROC) (also called Taiwan) which is a special region comprising the island of Taiwan and nearby islands (Pescadores islands and parts of Fujian). The ROC government led by Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang abbreviated as KMT) moved to Taiwan after the Communist army took over the capital of Beijing. Currently, the ROC government governs Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Taiwan is southeast of the China mainland, south of Japan, and north of the Philippines.
Republic of China
Depicting the Free area of the Republic of China
|Largest city||New Taipei City|
|Recognised regional languages||Taiwanese|
|Official scripts||Traditional Chinese|
|Ethnic groups||98% Han|
|Demonym(s)||Taiwanese or Chinese or both|
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
|Tsai Ing-wen (DPP)|
|Chen Chien-jen (Independent)|
|William Lai (DPP)|
|Su Chia-chyuan (DPP)|
|Chang Po-ya (NPSU)|
|Wu Jin-lin (KMT)|
|10 October 1911|
|1 January 1912|
|25 December 1947|
|36,193 km2 (13,974 sq mi) (136th)|
• Water (%)
• 2012 estimate
|642/km2 (1,662.8/sq mi) (17th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|$876.035 billion (19th)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|$466.832 billion (26th)|
• Per capita
|HDI (2010)|| 0.868[c]|
very high · 18th
|Currency||New Taiwan dollar (NT$) (TWD)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (CST)|
• Summer (DST)
|UTC+8 (not observed)|
|Date format||yyyy-mm-dd |
(CE; CE+2697) or 民國yy年m月d日
|ISO 3166 code||TW|
|Internet TLD||.tw, .台灣, .台湾|
Taiwan has also been called Formosa, a Portuguese name which means "beautiful" in Portuguese.
Most people living in Taiwan (sometimes called Taiwanese) are Han. Taiwan has three large Han groups. They speak different dialects of Chinese and their ancestors came from different places: the Southern Fujianese (from China's Fujian Province), the Hakka (from China), and Mainlanders (from Mainland China after 1948).
There are also Taiwanese Aborigines who have lived in Taiwan before the Han came to live there.
- In 1517, A discovery ship of Portuguese saw this island and names it "Ilha Formosa", or "Beautiful Island" in Portuguese.
- 17th century: From 1624 until 1661 Dutch colonize the southern part of Formosa and established a colonial administration in Fort Zeelandia, and the Spanish colonize the north and established a colonial administration in Fuerte Santo Domingo or Fort Santo Domingo. The Dutch eventually defeated the Spaniards and took full control of Formosa. A Chinese general named Koxinga, defeated the Dutch at the Siege of Fort Zeelandia.
- 1860: Taiwan becomes a treaty port following the Treaty of Tientsin, opening the island to contact with the world.
- 1874: Japan invaded southern Taiwan, seemingly to "punish" the aborigines there for the murder of ship-wrecked Okinawan fishermen in 1871, but actually to establish a colony. Japanese forced withdraw later in the year after the Meiji and Qing empires nearly went to war.
- 1884-1885: Taiwan is blockaded by French navy during the Sino-Franco War.
- 1895: Qing China lost the First Sino-Japanese War and gave Taiwan to Japan permanently.
- 1945: Japan lost in World War II to U.S. and gave up Taiwan permanently.
- 1946: U.S. accepts millions refugees and soldiers from China to Taiwan and U.S. President installs The Republic of China to govern Taiwan and to fight China and communism.
- 1947: Taiwanese widely protest governmental corruption under the Nationalists. Chiang Kai-shek sends in the army to restore order, killing tens of thousands. Some Taiwanese began the Taiwan independence movement.
- Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang (KMT) party and the Communist Party of China (CCP).
- The Nationalists (KMT) lose the war, and escape to the island of Taiwan. They set up Taipei as the temporary capital of Republic of China (ROC).
- The Communist Party of China (CCP) establishes Beijing as the capital of The People's Republic of China (PRC).
- 1951: Japan signs the Treaty of San Francisco (1951) with U.S.
- 1979: The KMT government jails many democracy activists who opposed it (Kaohsiung Incident).
- 1986: The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is formed; it is the first party to form in the ROC other than the KMT. It remains illegal for the first year, but the KMT government does not try to ban it.
- 1987: The KMT government lifts the martial law after almost 40 years.
- 1988: Lee Teng-hui (KMT) became president after Chiang Ching-kuo is dead.
- 1995: Lee Teng-hui (KMT) became the first president elected by people.
- 2000: Li Shui-bian (DPP) became president.
- 2000: Chen Shui-bian (DPP) became president.
- 2004: Chen Shui-bian is re-elected after a controversial assassination attempt, in which many KMT-supporters believed, was staged by Chen. However, after unwillingness to cooperate about his medical records the investigation was inconclusive.
- 2008: Former president Chen Sui-bian and his wife are arrested for corruption and money laundering.
- 2008: Ma Ying-jeou (KMT) was elected as the president of the Republic of China and thus creating a change of political parties for the second time.
- 2009: Kaohsiung hosts the 2009 World Games.
- 2016: Tsai Ing-wen (DPP) was elected as the first female president of Taiwan.
Status of TaiwanEdit
There are two Chinese governments in the world: The People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). Today, in reality, the PRC government controls mainland China, and the ROC government governs Taiwan. The ROC government governed most of China mainland from 1911 to 1949, before losing control of China mainland to the PRC.
Today, people who live in Taiwan have different ideas. Although many Taiwanese think there is no freedom in China, there are still some Taiwanese who want to be united again with China. The majority of the people in Taiwan want to keep everything like it is now.
Today most countries of the world recognize the People's Republic of China as China. Even though Taiwan is not recognized by the UN as a sovereign nation, most countries still have close economic and cultural relations with Taiwan. So, both sides are not making any big changes from the political status quo. This policy was expressed in a 1992 Consensus among some leaders of both sides.
In March 2004, China's government passed a law called the Anti-Secession Law. The law requires the Chinese military to invade Taiwan immediately if they declare independence. The law shows China's concern over a growing move towards independence by the government of Taiwan.
The island of Taiwan is about 180 kilometers off the southeastern coast of China. It is across the Taiwan Strait. It has an area of 35,883 km2 (13,855 sq mi). The East China Sea is to the north, the Philippine Sea to the east, the Luzon Strait directly to the south and the South China Sea to the southwest.
Taiwan's highest point is Yu Shan (Jade Mountain). It is 3,952 meters high (12,966 ft). There are five other peaks over 3,500 meters.
The Penghu Islands are 50 km (31.1 mi) west of the main island. They have an area of 126.9 km2 (49.0 sq mi). More distant islands controlled by the Republic of China are the Kinmen, Wuchiu and Matsu Islands off the coast of Fujian. They have a total area of 180.5 km2 (69.7 sq mi). The Pratas Islands and Taiping Island in the South China Sea have a total area of 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi). They have no permanent inhabitants.
The largest cities in Taiwan are:
|Rank||Division name||Chinese name||Type||Population|
|1||New Taipei City||新北市||Special municipality||3,903,745|
|2||Kaohsiung City||高雄市||Special municipality||2,772,461|
|3||Taichung City||臺中市 (台中市)||Special municipality||2,655,456|
|4||Taipei City||臺北市 (台北市)||Special municipality||2,635,766|
|5||Taoyuan City||桃園市||Special municipality||2,163,728|
|6||Tainan City||臺南市 (台南市)||Special municipality||1,874,724|
|7||Hsinchu City||新竹市||Provincial city||417,335|
|8||Keelung City||基隆市||Provincial city||381,770|
|9||Chiayi City||嘉義市||Provincial city||272,128|
|10||Changhua City||彰化市||County-controlled city||236,447|
|11||Pingtung City||屏東市||County-controlled city||210,275|
|12||Zhubei City||竹北市||County-controlled city||144,234|
|13||Hualien City||花蓮市||County-controlled city||108,938|
|14||Taitung City||臺東市||County-controlled city||108,648|
|15||Douliu City||斗六市||County-controlled city||107,012|
|16||Nantou City||南投市||County-controlled city||104,069|
- "Yearbook 2004". Government Information Office of the Republic of China. 2004.
Taipei is the capital of the ROC
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