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Zhōnghuá Mínguó {{small>(Standard Mandarin)}}Tiong-hôa Bîn-kok {{small>(Hokkien)}}Chûng-fà Mìn-koet {{smallTaiwanese Hakka>Hakka)}}Dṳ̆ng-huà Mìng-guók {{smallFuzhou dialect>Fuzhounese)}}}}| image_flag = Flag of the Republic of China.svg| alt_flag = A red flag, with a small blue rectangle in the top left hand corner on which sits a white sun composed of a circle surrounded by 12 rays.| image_coat = National Emblem of the Republic of China.svg| alt_coat = A blue circular emblem on which sits a white sun composed of a circle surrounded by 12 rays.| symbol_type = National Emblem"National Anthem of the Republic of China" Zhōnghuá Mínguó Guógē}} {{center|(File:National anthem of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 中華民國國歌(演奏版).ogg)}}"National Flag Anthem of the Republic of China" Zhōnghuá Míngúo Gúoqígē}}{{center|(File:中華民國國旗歌 (演奏版).ogg)}}| image_map = Locator map of the ROC Taiwan.svg| alt_map = a map of East Asia, with a world map insert, with the island of Taiwan shaded and the other islands circledFree area of the Republic of China>Territory controlled by the Republic of China: Geography of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu Islands, Pratas Islands>Dongsha Islands and Taiping IslandTaipeiINTERIOR MINISTER REAFFIRMS TAIPEI IS ROC'S CAPITAL URL=HTTP://WWW.TAIPEITIMES.COM/NEWS/TAIWAN/ARCHIVES/2013/12/05/2003578356 ACCESSDATE=7 DECEMBER 2013, 25N38display=it}}New Taipei City>New TaipeiTaiwanese MandarinSHIHTITLE=TAIWAN MULLING ENGLISH AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, BUT IS IT READY?ACCESSDATE=27 JANUARY 2018DATE=27 JANUARY 2018, HTTPS://WWW.THEWORLDOFCHINESE.COM/2014/05/TAIWANESE-MANDARIN-STARTER-KIT/ > TITLE=THE WILD AND WACKY WORLD OF TAIWANESE MANDARIN DATE=MAY 29, 2014, December 3, 2018, Formosan languagesHTTP://FOCUSTAIWAN.TW/NEWS/AIPL/201707190019.ASPX >TITLE=PRESIDENT LAUDS EFFORTS IN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ACCESSDATE=19 JULY 2017, Taiwanese HakkaHTTP://WWW.TAIPEITIMES.COM/NEWS/TAIWAN/ARCHIVES/2017/12/30/2003684894 NEWSPAPER=TAIPEI TIMES, 29 December 2017, }}Matsu dialect Taiwanese Hokkien}}| languages_type = Official scriptsTraditional Chinese Formosan languagesHTTP://WWW.TAIPEITIMES.COM/NEWS/TAIWAN/ARCHIVES/2017/07/20/2003674932 PUBLISHER=TAIPEI TIMES, 20 July 2017, }}95% Han Taiwanese{{sfnp>Exec. 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The HDI report does not include Taiwan as part of the People's Republic of China when calculating China's figures.HTTP://HDR.UNDP.ORG/EN/MEDIA/HDR_2010_EN_READERS_REPRINT.PDF>TITLE=- HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORTSSCRIPT-TITLE=ZH:2018中華民國人類發展指數(HDI)YEAR=2018LANGUAGE=ZH-HANT, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDICES AND INDICATORS: 2018 STATISTICAL UPDATE >URL=HTTP://HDR.UNDP.ORG/SITES/DEFAULT/FILES/2018_HUMAN_DEVELOPMENT_STATISTICAL_UPDATE.PDF UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME >OCLC=1061292121 FORMAT=PDF group="nb"}}| HDI_rank = 21st| currency = New Taiwan dollar (NT$)| currency_code = TWD| time_zone = National Standard Time| utc_offset = +8yyyy-mm-dd style=line-height:1.1em; yyyy年m月d日{{smallCommon Era>CE; Chinese calendar)}}}}}} >Minguo calendar {{small>(CE−1911)}}}}| drives_on = RightTelephone numbers in Taiwan> .台灣 .台湾HTTP://BRUSSELS38.ICANN.ORG/MEETINGS/BRUSSELS2010/TRANSCRIPT-BOARD-25JUN10-EN.TXT >TITLE=ICANN BOARD MEETING MINUTES DATE=25 JUNE 2010, }}| official_website =}}Taiwan ({{IPAc-en|audio=En-us-Taiwan.ogg|t|aɪ|ˈ|w|ɑː|n}}, {{small|UK also}} {{IPAc-en|-|ˈ|w|ɒ|n|,_|-|ˈ|w|æ|n}}), officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia.BOOK, Fell, Dafydd, Government and Politics in Taiwan, 2018, Routledge, London, 978-1317285069, 305,weblink Moreover, its status as a vibrant democratic state has earned it huge international sympathy and a generally positive image., BOOK, French, Duncan, Statehood and Self-Determination: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law, 2013, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978-1107311275, 26,weblink The population on the islands of Formosa and the Pescadores is governed by an effective government to the exclusion of others, but Taiwan is not generally considered a state., WEB, Albert, Eleanor, China-Taiwan Relations,weblink Council on Foreign Relations, 30 March 2018, 7 December 2016, The People’s Republic of China (PRC) views the island as a province, while in Taiwan—a territory with its own democratically elected government—leading political voices have differing views on the island’s status and relations with the mainland. Some observe the principle that there is “one China” comprising the island and the mainland, but in their eyes this is the Republic of China (ROC) based in Taipei; others advocate for a de jure independent Taiwan., Its neighbors include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, was inhabited by aborigines before the 17th century, when Dutch and Spanish colonies opened the island to mass Han immigration. After a brief rule by the Kingdom of Tungning, the island was annexed in 1683 by the Qing dynasty, the last dynasty of China. The Qing ceded Taiwan to Japan in 1895 after the Sino-Japanese War. While Taiwan was under Japanese rule, the Republic of China (ROC) was established on the mainland in 1912 after the fall of the Qing dynasty. Following the Japanese surrender to the Allies in 1945, the ROC took control of Taiwan. However, the resumption of the Chinese Civil War led to the ROC's loss of the mainland to the Communists, and the flight of the ROC government to Taiwan in 1949. Although the ROC continued to claim to be the legitimate government of China, its effective jurisdiction had, since the loss of Hainan in 1950, been limited to Taiwan and several small islands, with the main island making up 99% of its de facto territory. As a founding member of the United Nations, the ROC represented China at the UN until 1971, when it lost its seat to the PRC.In the early 1960s, Taiwan entered a period of rapid economic growth and industrialization, creating a stable industrial economy. In the 1980s and early 1990s, it changed from a one-party military dictatorship dominated by the Kuomintang to a multi-party democracy with a semi-presidential system. Taiwan is the 22nd-largest economy in the world, and its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. It is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, healthcare,JOURNAL, Yao, Grace, Cheng, Yen-Pi, Cheng, Chiao-Pi, The Quality of Life in Taiwan, Social Indicators Research, 5 November 2008, 92, 2, 377–404, 10.1007/s11205-008-9353-1, a second place ranking in the 2000 Economist's world healthcare ranking, public education, economic freedom, and human development.{{efn|name="HDI-1"}}WEB,weblink PDF, zh:2010中華民國人類發展指數 (HDI), 2 July 2010, 2010, Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C., Chinese, The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree.WEB,weblink 5 mil. Taiwanese hold degrees from higher education institutions, 13 March 2016, WEB,weblink Undergraduate degree holders in Taiwan exceed 5 million, Tang, Pei-chun, 12 March 2016, The PRC has consistently claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and asserted the ROC is no longer in legitimate existence. Under its One-China policy the PRC refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the ROC. Today, 17 countries maintain official ties with the ROC but many other states maintain unofficial ties through representative offices and institutions that function as de facto embassies and consulates. Although Taiwan is fully self-governing, most international organizations in which the PRC participates either refuse to grant membership to Taiwan or allow it to participate only as a non-state actor. Internally, the major division in politics is between the aspirations of eventual Chinese unification or Taiwanese independence, though both sides have moderated their positions to broaden their appeal. The PRC has threatened the use of military force in response to any formal declaration of independence by Taiwan or if PRC leaders decide that peaceful unification is no longer possible.WEB,weblink Full text of Anti-Secession Law, People's Daily, 14 March 2005, 10 April 2012, The PRC and ROC standoff dates from the Chinese Civil War and has extended through the first, second and third Taiwan Strait crises to the present day.


{{See also|Chinese Taipei|Formosa|Names of China}}

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w=Chung¹-hua² Min²-kuo² tp=Jhonghuá Mínguó gr=Jonghwa Min'gwo psp=Chunghwa Minkuotl=Tiong-huâ Bîn-kok phfs=Chûng-fà Mìn-koet xej=ﺟْﻮ ﺧُﻮَ مٍ ﻗُﻮَعci={{IPAc-yueung.aa-an.okor{{IPAc-yue>z1w4m4gw3}} orJÅ«ng'wàh Màhn'gwok >gan=tung1 fa4 min4 koet7 orChungfa Minkoet |wuu=tsonå¹³ ghoå¹³ minå¹³ kohå…¥|altname = Chinazh1g2}}| sic2=Zong1 gwe2| bpmf2=ㄓㄨㄥ   ã„ã„¨ã„›ËŠ| xej2=ﺟْﻮﻗُﻮَع| zh-dungan2=Җунгуй| tp2=Jhongguó| mps2=JÅ«ngguó| gr2=Jonggwo| myr2=JÅ«nggwó| poj2=Tiong-kok| tl2=Tiong-kok| gan2=Tung-koe̍t| hsn2=Tan33-kwÉ›24/| wuu2=Tsonå¹³-kohå…¥| j2=Zung1gwok3| y2=Jùnggwok or JÅ«nggwokz7gw3}} or {{IPAc-yueung.ok|3}}| h2=Dung24-gued2| phfs2=Chûng-koet| buc2=Dṳ̆ng-guók| hhbuc2=De̤ng-go̤h| mblmc2=Dô̤ng-gŏ| showflag=taiwanMiddle or Central State{{citation p=105 Political Theories in East Asian Context >title=Patriotism in East Asia editor2=Koichiro Matsuda publisher=Routledge date=2015 first=Naran }}}}ཀྲུང་ཧྭ་དམངས་གཙོའི།་རྒྱལ་ཁབ}}| wylie=krung hwa dmangs gtso'i rgyal khab| uig=جۇڭخۇا مىنگو| uly=Jungxua Mingo| uyy=Junghua Mingo| usy=Җуңхуа Минго| zha=Cunghvaz Minzgoz45px|)| mon=Дундад улс| monr=Dumdadu ulus45px|alt=Dulimbai Gurun)| mnc_rom=Dulimbai Gurun}}Various names for the island of Taiwan remain in use today, each derived from explorers or rulers during a particular historical period. The name Formosa () dates from 1542,{{check|date=December 2015}} when Portuguese sailors sighted an uncharted island and noted it on their maps as Ilha Formosa ("beautiful island").BOOK, Chapter 3: History,weblink The Republic of China Yearbook 2011, 2011, Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan),weblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2012, 46,weblink National Palace Museum, Taiwan: 'The Emergence of Taiwan on the World Scene in the Seventeenth Century' The name Formosa eventually "replaced all others in European literature"{{attribution needed|date=December 2018}}{{sfnp|Davidson|1903|p=10|ps=: "A Dutch navigating officer named Linschotten [sic], employed by the Portuguese, so recorded the island in his charts, and eventually the name of Formosa, so euphonious and yet appropriate, replaced all others in European literature."}} and remained in common use among English speakers into the 20th century.see for example:
  • BOOK, Sketches from Formosa, 1915, Campbell, William, William_Campbell_(missionary), Marshall Brothers, London,weblink 7051071M, harv,
  • {{harvp|Campbell|1903}}
  • {{harvp|Davidson|1903}}
In the early 17th century, the Dutch East India Company established a commercial post at Fort Zeelandia (modern-day Anping, Tainan) on a coastal sandbar called "Tayouan",{{sfnp|Valentijn|1903|p=52}} after their ethnonym for a nearby Taiwanese aboriginal tribe, possibly Taivoan people, written by the Dutch and Portuguese variously as Taiouwang, Tayowan, Teijoan, etc.WEB, Mair, V. H., Victor H. Mair, 2003, How to Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language,weblink The true derivation of the name "Taiwan" is actually from the ethnonym of a tribe in the southwest part of the island in the area around Ping'an. As early as 1636, a Dutch missionary referred to this group as Taiouwang. From the name of the tribe, the Portuguese called the area around Ping'an as Tayowan, Taiyowan, Tyovon, Teijoan, Toyouan, and so forth. Indeed, already in his ship's log of 1622, the Dutchman Cornelis Reijersen referred to the area as Teijoan and Taiyowan., This name was also adopted into the Chinese vernacular (in particular, Hokkien, as {{zh|poj=/}}) as the name of the sandbar and nearby area (Tainan). The modern word "Taiwan" is derived from this usage, which is seen in various forms (, , , , }} and }}) in Chinese historical records. The area occupied by modern-day Tainan represented the first permanent settlement by both European colonists and Chinese immigrants. The settlement grew to be the island's most important trading centre and served as its capital until 1887. Use of the current Chinese name (}}) was formalized as early as 1684 with the establishment of Taiwan Prefecture. Through its rapid development the entire Formosan mainland eventually became known as "Taiwan".BOOK, zh:府城文史, 蔡玉仙, etal, 2007, Tainan City Government, Chinese, 9789860094343, BOOK, Shih Shou-chien, Shih Shou-chien, 2003, Ilha Formosa: the Emergence of Taiwan on the World Scene in the 17th Century, zh:福爾摩沙 : 十七世紀的臺灣、荷蘭與東亞, Chinese, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 9789575624415, BOOK, Kato, Mitsutaka, 1940, 2007, zh:昨日府城 明星台南: 發現日治下的老臺南, Chinese, 黃秉珩, 臺南市文化資產保護協會, 9789572807996, BOOK, Colonial Cities: Essays on Urbanism in a Colonial Context, Robert, Ross, Gerard J., Telkamp, Zeelandia, a Dutch colonial city on Formosa (1624–1662), J.L., Oosterhoff, 51–62, Springer, 1985, 978-90-247-2635-6, In his Daoyi Zhilüe (1349), Wang Dayuan used "Liuqiu" as a name for the island of Taiwan, or the part of it closest to Penghu.{{sfnp|Thompson|1964|p=166}}Elsewhere, the name was used for the Ryukyu Islands in general or Okinawa, the largest of them; indeed the name Ryūkyū is the Japanese form of Liúqiú.The name also appears in the Book of Sui (636) and other early works, but scholars cannot agree on whether these references are to the Ryukyus, Taiwan or even Luzon.{{sfnp|Thompson|1964|p=163}}The official name of the state is the "Republic of China"; it has also been known under various names throughout its existence. Shortly after the ROC's establishment in 1912, while it was still located on the Chinese mainland, the government used the short form "China" (' ({{nowrap|}}}})) to refer to itself, which derives from ' ("central" or "middle") and ' ("state, nation-state"),{{efn|Although this is the present meaning of ', in Old Chinese (when its pronunciation was something like {{nowrap|/*qʷˤək/}})Baxter-Sagart. it meant the walled city of the Chinese and the areas they could control from them.}} a term which also developed under the Zhou dynasty in reference to its royal demesne,{{efn|Its use is attested from the 6th-century Classic of History, which states "Huangtian bestowed the lands and the peoples of the central state to the ancestors" (). {{zh icon}}}} and the name was then applied to the area around Luoyi (present-day Luoyang) during the Eastern Zhou and then to China's Central Plain before being used as an occasional synonym for the state during the Qing era.{{citation |last=Wilkinson |first=Endymion |title=Chinese History: A Manual |url= |date=2000 |location=Cambridge |publisher=Harvard University Asia Center |series=Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph No. 52 |p=132 |isbn=9780674002494 }} During the 1950s and 1960s, after the government had withdrawn to Taiwan upon losing the Chinese Civil War, it was commonly referred to as "Nationalist China" (or "Free China") to differentiate it from "Communist China" (or "Red China").BOOK, Garver, John W., The Sino-American Alliance: Nationalist China and American Cold War Strategy in Asia, M.E. Sharp, April 1997, 978-0-7656-0025-7, It was a member of the United Nations representing "China" until 1971, when it lost its seat to the People's Republic of China. Over subsequent decades, the Republic of China has become commonly known as "Taiwan", after the island that comprises 99% of the territory under its control. In some contexts, especially ROC government publications, the name is written as "Republic of China (Taiwan)", "Republic of China/Taiwan", or sometimes "Taiwan (ROC)."WEB,weblink Office of President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), 15 July 2015, The Republic of China participates in most international forums and organizations under the name "Chinese Taipei" due to diplomatic pressure from the People's Republic of China. For instance, it is the name under which it has competed at the Olympic Games since 1984, and its name as an observer at the World Health Organization.WEB,weblink Taiwan hopes WHO assembly will help boost its profile, Reid, Katie, Reuters, 18 May 2009, 11 June 2013,


{{hatnote|See the History of China article for historical information in the Chinese Mainland before 1949.}}

Prehistoric Taiwan

File:Tsou youth of Taiwan (pre-1945).jpg|thumb|right|upright|A young Tsou man]]Taiwan was joined to the mainland in the Late Pleistocene, until sea levels rose about 10,000 years ago. Fragmentary human remains dated 20,000 to 30,000 years ago have been found on the island, as well as later artifacts of a Paleolithic culture.JOURNAL, Chang, K.C., Kwang-chih Chang, translated by W. Tsao, ed. by B. Gordon, The Neolithic Taiwan Strait, Kaogu, 1989, 6, 541–550, 569,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink 18 April 2012, JOURNAL
, Olsen, John W., Miller-Antonio, Sari, The Palaeolithic in Southern China
, Asian Perspectives, 31, 2, 129–160, 1992
Jiaopp=89–90}}Around 6,000 years ago, Taiwan was settled by farmers, most likely from mainland China.{{sfnp|Jiao|2007|pp=91–94}} They are believed to be the ancestors of today's Taiwanese aborigines, whose languages belong to the Austronesian language family, but show much greater diversity than the rest of the family, which spans a huge area from Maritime Southeast Asia west to Madagascar and east as far as New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island. This has led linguists to propose Taiwan as the urheimat of the family, from which seafaring peoples dispersed across Southeast Asia and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.JOURNAL, Taiwan's gift to the world, Diamond, Jared M, Jared Diamond, 2000,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 16 September 2006, PDF, Nature, 403, 709–710, 10.1038/35001685, 10693781, 6771, CONFERENCE, Fox, James J,weblink PDF, Current Developments in Comparative Austronesian Studies, Symposium Austronesia, Universitas Udayana, Bali, 2004, Han Chinese fishermen began settling in the Penghu islands in the 13th century.BOOK, Shepherd, John R., Statecraft and Political Economy on the Taiwan Frontier, 1600–1800, Stanford University Press, 1993, 7–8, 978-0-8047-2066-3, Reprinted Taipei: SMC Publishing, 1995. Hostile tribes, and a lack of valuable trade products, meant that few outsiders visited the main island until the 16th century. During the 16th century, visits to the coast by fishermen from Fujian, as well as Chinese and Japanese pirates, became more frequent.

Opening in the 17th century

File:Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem - Taioan.jpg|right|thumb|Fort Zeelandia, the Governor's residence in Dutch Formosa]]The Dutch East India Company attempted to establish a trading outpost on the Penghu Islands (Pescadores) in 1622, but were driven off by Ming forces.BOOK, Taiwan: A New History, Murray A., Rubinstein, The Seventeenth-century Transformation: Taiwan under the Dutch and the Cheng Regime, John E., Jr., Wills, M.E. Sharpe, 2006, 978-0-7656-1495-7, 84–106, In 1624, the company established a stronghold called Fort Zeelandia on the coastal islet of Tayouan, which is now part of the main island at Anping, Tainan.When the Dutch arrived, they found southwestern Taiwan already frequented by a transient Chinese population numbering close to 1,500.BOOK, Andrade, Tonio, 2007, How Taiwan Became Chinese,weblink Columbia University Press, (Project Gutenberg Edition), 129, 978-9622090835, David Wright, a Scottish agent of the company who lived on the island in the 1650s, described the lowland areas of the island as being divided among 11 chiefdoms ranging in size from two settlements to 72. Some of these fell under Dutch control, while others remained independent.BOOK, Formosa Under the Dutch: Described from Contemporary Records, with Explanatory Notes and a Bibliography of the Island, 1903, William, Campbell, William Campbell (missionary), Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner,weblink 6–7, harv, The Company began to import labourers from Fujian and Penghu (Pescadores), many of whom settled.In 1626, the Spanish Empire landed on and occupied northern Taiwan, at the ports of Keelung and Tamsui, as a base to extend their trading. This colonial period lasted 16 years until 1642, when the last Spanish fortress fell to Dutch forces.Following the fall of the Ming dynasty, Koxinga (Zheng Chenggong), a self-styled Ming loyalist, arrived on the island and captured Fort Zeelandia in 1662, expelling the Dutch Empire and military from the island. Koxinga established the Kingdom of Tungning (1662–1683), with his capital at Tainan. He and his heirs, Zheng Jing, who ruled from 1662 to 1682, and Zheng Keshuang, who ruled less than a year, continued to launch raids on the southeast coast of mainland China well into the Qing dynasty era.

Qing rule

(File:Taiwanese aboriginese deerhunt1.png|thumb|upright|Hunting deer, painted in 1746)In 1683, following the defeat of Koxinga's grandson by an armada led by Admiral Shi Lang of southern Fujian, the Qing dynasty formally annexed Taiwan, placing it under the jurisdiction of Fujian province. The Qing imperial government tried to reduce piracy and vagrancy in the area, issuing a series of edicts to manage immigration and respect aboriginal land rights. Immigrants mostly from southern Fujian continued to enter Taiwan. The border between taxpaying lands and "savage" lands shifted eastward, with some aborigines becoming sinicized while others retreated into the mountains. During this time, there were a number of conflicts between groups of Han Chinese from different regions of southern Fujian, particularly between those from Quanzhou and Zhangzhou, and between southern Fujian Chinese and aborigines.Northern Taiwan and the Penghu Islands were the scene of subsidiary campaigns in the Sino-French War (August 1884 to April 1885). The French occupied Keelung on 1 October 1884, but were repulsed from Tamsui a few days later. The French won some tactical victories but were unable to exploit them, and the Keelung Campaign ended in stalemate. The Pescadores Campaign, beginning on 31 March 1885, was a French victory, but had no long-term consequences. The French evacuated both Keelung and the Penghu archipelago after the end of the war.In 1887, the Qing upgraded the island's administration from Taiwan Prefecture of Fujian Province to Fujian-Taiwan-Province, the twentieth in the empire, with its capital at Taipei. This was accompanied by a modernization drive that included building China's first railroad.{{sfnp|Davidson|1903|pp=247, 620}}

Japanese rule

File:Xilaian Incident.jpg|thumb|Japanese colonial soldiers march Taiwanese captured after the Tapani Incident from the TainanTainanAs the Qing dynasty was defeated in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895), Taiwan, along with Penghu and Liaodong Peninsula, were ceded in full sovereignty to the Empire of Japan by the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Inhabitants on Taiwan and Penghu wishing to remain Qing subjects were given a two-year grace period to sell their property and move to mainland China. Very few Taiwanese saw this as feasible.BOOK, Ryōtarō, Shiba, Ryōtarō Shiba, ja:台湾紀行: 街道をゆく〈40〉, Japanese, Taiwan kikō : kaidō o yuku yonjū, 1995, Asahi Shinbunsha, Tōkyō, 9784022568083, On 25 May 1895, a group of pro-Qing high officials proclaimed the Republic of Formosa to resist impending Japanese rule. Japanese forces entered the capital at Tainan and quelled this resistance on 21 October 1895.BOOK, Memories of the future: national identity issues and the search for a new Taiwan, Stéphane, Corcuff, M.E. Sharpe, 2002, 978-0-7656-0792-8, The Taiwan Republic of 1895 and the failure of the Qing modernizing project, Andrew, Morris, 3–24, Guerrilla fighting continued periodically until about 1902 and ultimately took the lives of 14,000 Taiwanese, or 0.5% of the population.WEB, History of Taiwan, Windows on Asia, Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 1 September 2006, 3 December 2014, Several subsequent rebellions against the Japanese (the Beipu uprising of 1907, the Tapani incident of 1915, and the Musha incident of 1930) were all unsuccessful but demonstrated opposition to Japanese colonial rule.Japanese colonial rule was instrumental in the industrialization of the island, extending the railroads and other transportation networks, building an extensive sanitation system, and establishing a formal education system.BOOK, Going to school in East Asia, Gerard A., Postiglione, Jason, Tan, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, 978-0-313-33633-1, Schooling in Taiwan,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 19 April 2010, Chuing Prudence, Chou, Ai-Hsin, Ho, 344–377, Japanese rule ended the practice of headhunting.BOOK, Hsu, Mutsu, 1991, Culture, Self and Adaptation: The Psychological Anthropology of Two Malayo-Polynesian Groups in Taiwan, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 978-957-9046-78-7, During this period the human and natural resources of Taiwan were used to aid the development of Japan and the production of cash crops such as rice and sugar greatly increased. By 1939, Taiwan was the seventh greatest sugar producer in the world.BOOK, The Republic of China Yearbook 2001, 2001, History,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 27 October 2003, Government Information Office, Still, the Taiwanese and aborigines were classified as second- and third-class citizens. After suppressing Chinese guerrillas in the first decade of their rule, Japanese authorities engaged in a series of bloody campaigns against the mountain aboriginals, culminating in the Musha Incident of 1930.BOOK, Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame, Robert, Tierney, University of California Press, 2010, 978-0-520-94766-5, 8–9, Intellectuals and laborers who participated in left-wing movements within Taiwan were also arrested and massacred (e.g. Chiang Wei-shui () and Masanosuke Watanabe ().WEB,weblink zh:吕正惠:战后台湾左翼思想状况漫谈一——日本剥削下的台湾社会, 18 November 2014, Around 1935, the Japanese began an island-wide assimilation project to bind the island more firmly to the Japanese Empire and people were taught to see themselves as Japanese under the Kominka Movement, during which time Taiwanese culture and religion were outlawed and the citizens were encouraged to adopt Japanese surnames.weblink" title="">Kominka Movement – 台灣大百科全書 Encyclopedia of Taiwan. (5 August 2013). Retrieved on 25 August 2013. By 1938 309,000 Japanese settlers resided in Taiwan.JOURNAL, Formosa (Taiwan) Under Japanese Rule, A. J., Grajdanzev, Pacific Affairs, 15, 1942, 311–324, 2752241, 3, 10.2307/2752241, Taiwan held strategic wartime importance as Imperial Japanese military campaigns first expanded and then contracted over the course of World War II. The "South Strike Group" was based at the Taihoku Imperial University in Taipei. During World War II, tens of thousands of Taiwanese served in the Japanese militaryWEB, 2007, History, Oversea Office Republic of China (Taiwan),weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 28 March 2007, 2 July 2007, Over 2,000 women, euphemistically called "comfort women", were forced into sexual slavery for Imperial Japanese troops.WEB,weblink Protesters demand justice from Japan on 'comfort women' (update) | Society | FOCUS TAIWAN – CNA ENGLISH NEWS,, 14 August 2013, 30 December 2013, The Imperial Japanese Navy operated heavily out of Taiwanese ports. In October 1944 the Formosa Air Battle was fought between American carriers and Japanese forces based in Taiwan. Important Japanese military bases and industrial centres throughout Taiwan, such as Kaohsiung and Keelung, were targets of heavy raids by American bombers.WEB, Shu LinKou Air Station: World War II,weblink Ken Ashley, U.S. military photo archives, 14 June 2011, After Japan's surrender ended World War II, most of Taiwan's approximately 300,000 Japanese residents were expelled and sent to Japan.WEB,weblink Taiwan history: Chronology of important events,, 20 April 2016, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 16 April 2016,

Republic of China

{{see also|History of Taiwan since 1945|Chinese Civil War|Chinese Communist Revolution|History of the Republic of China#Republic of China on Taiwan (1949–present)|l12=History of the Republic of China on Taiwan (1949–present)}}File:Ando Rikichi surrender.jpg|thumb|right|General Chen Yi (right) accepting the receipt of General Order No. 1 from Rikichi Andō (left), the last Japanese Governor-General of Taiwan, in Taipei City Hall ]]While Taiwan was still under Japanese rule, the Republic of China was founded on the mainland on 1 January 1912, following the Xinhai Revolution, which began with the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911, replacing the Qing Dynasty and ending over two thousand years of imperial rule in China.BOOK, China, Fiver thousand years of History and Civilization, 2007, City University Of Hong Kong Press, 116,weblink 9 September 2014, 9789629371401, From its founding until 1949 it was based in mainland China. Central authority waxed and waned in response to warlordism (1915–28), Japanese invasion (1937–45), and the Chinese Civil War (1927–50), with central authority strongest during the Nanjing decade (1927–37), when most of China came under the control of the Kuomintang (KMT) under an authoritarian one-party state.BOOK, Roy, Denny, Taiwan: A Political History, Cornell University Press, 2003, Ithaca, New York, 55, 56, 978-0-8014-8805-4, After the Surrender of Japan on 25 October 1945, the US Navy ferried ROC troops to Taiwan in order to accept the formal surrender of Japanese military forces in Taipei on behalf of the Allied Powers, as part of General Order No. 1 for temporary military occupation. General Rikichi Andō, governor-general of Taiwan and commander-in-chief of all Japanese forces on the island, signed the receipt and handed it over to General Chen Yi of the ROC military to complete the official turnover. Chen Yi proclaimed that day to be "Taiwan Retrocession Day", but the Allies considered Taiwan and the Penghu Islands to be under military occupation and still under Japanese sovereignty until 1952, when the Treaty of San Francisco took effect.JOURNAL,weblink Far East (Formosa and the Pescadores)volume=540, 4 May 1955, The sovereignty was Japanese until 1952. The Japanese Treaty came into force, and at that time Formosa was being administered by the Chinese Nationalists, to whom it was entrusted in 1945, as a military occupation.issue=cc1870–4, JOURNAL, Resolving Cross-Strait Relations Between China and Taiwanlast1=Charney last2=Prescott, American Journal of International Lawissue=3 pages=453–477, After occupying Taiwan in 1945 as a result of Japan's surrender, the Nationalists were defeated on the mainland in 1949, abandoning it to retreat to Taiwan., 2555319, 10.2307/2555319, Although the 1943 Cairo Declaration had envisaged returning these territories to China, in the Treaty of San Francisco and Treaty of Taipei Japan renounced all claim to them without specifying to what country they were to be surrendered. This introduced the problem of the legal status of Taiwan.The ROC administration of Taiwan under Chen Yi was strained by increasing tensions between Taiwanese-born people and newly arrived mainlanders, which were compounded by economic woes, such as hyperinflation. Furthermore, cultural and linguistic conflicts between the two groups quickly led to the loss of popular support for the new government, while the mass movement led by the working committee of the Communist Party also aimed to bring down the Kuomintang government.JOURNAL,weblink 对台湾"228事件"性质与影响的再认识volume=64, 1 April 2017, NEWS, This Is the Shame, 10 June 1946, Time, New York,weblink The shooting of a civilian on 28 February 1947 triggered island-wide unrest, which was suppressed with military force in what is now called the February 28 Incident. Mainstream estimates of the number killed range from 18,000 to 30,000. Those killed were mainly members of the Taiwanese elite.NEWS, China: Snow Red & Moon Angel, 7 April 1947, Time, New York,weblink BOOK, Shackleton, Allan J., 1998, Formosa Calling: An Eyewitness Account of Conditions in Taiwan during the February 28th, 1947 Incident,weblink Upland, California, Taiwan Publishing Company, 40888167, 18 December 2014, File:Movement KMTretreat.svg|thumb|right|upright=1.2|The Nationalists' retreat to Taipei: after the Nationalists lost Nanjing (Nanking) they next moved to Guangzhou (Canton), then to Chongqing (Chungking), Chengdu (Chengtu) and Xichang (Sichang) before ending up in TaipeiTaipeiAfter the end of World War II, the Chinese Civil War resumed between the Chinese Nationalists (Kuomintang), led by Chiang Kai-shek, and the Communist Party of China, led by Mao Zedong. Throughout the months of 1949, a series of Chinese Communist offensives led to the capture of its capital Nanjing on 23 April and the subsequent defeat of the Nationalist army on the mainland, and the Communists founded the People's Republic of China on 1 October.BOOK, Kubek, Anthony, How the Far East was lost: American policy and the creation of Communist China, 1963, 978-0-85622-000-5, On 7 December 1949, after the loss of four capitals, Chiang evacuated his Nationalist government to Taiwan and made Taipei the temporary capital of the ROC (also called the "wartime capital" by Chiang Kai-shek).WEB, Huang, Fu-san, 2010,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 29 April 2011, zh:臺灣簡史-麻雀變鳳凰的故事, Chinese, A Brief History of Taiwan: A Sparrow Transformed into a Phoenix, Government Information Office, Republic of China, 13 September 2009, Some 2 million people, consisting mainly of soldiers, members of the ruling Kuomintang and intellectual and business elites, were evacuated from mainland China to Taiwan at that time, adding to the earlier population of approximately six million. In addition, the ROC government took to Taipei many national treasures and much of China's gold reserves and foreign currency reserves.NEWS,weblink Taiwan Timeline â€“ Retreat to Taiwan, 2000, BBC News, 21 June 2009, BOOK, Dunbabin, J. P. D., The Cold War, Pearson Education, 2008, 187, 978-0-582-42398-5,weblink In 1949 Chiang Kai-shek had transferred to Taiwan the government, gold reserve, and some of the army of his Republic of China., BOOK, Ng, Franklin, The Taiwanese Americans, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998, 10,weblink 978-0-313-29762-5, After losing most of the mainland, the Kuomintang held remaining control of Tibet, the portions of Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Yunnan provinces along with the Hainan Island until 1951 before the Communists subsequently captured these territories. From this point onwards, the Kuomintang's territory was reduced to Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu Islands (Fujian Province), and two major islands of Dongsha Islands and Nansha Islands. The Kuomintang continued to claim sovereignty over all "China", which it defined to include mainland China, Taiwan, Outer Mongolia and other areas. On mainland China, the victorious Communists claimed they ruled the sole and only China (which they claimed included Taiwan) and that the Republic of China no longer existed.WEB, 2005, The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue, PRC Taiwan Affairs Office and the Information Office of the State Council,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 10 February 2006, Section 1: Since the KMT ruling clique retreated to Taiwan, its regime has continued to use the designations 'Republic of China' and 'government of the Republic of China,' despite having long since completely forfeited its right to exercise state sovereignty on behalf of China., File:Chiang Kai-shek in full uniform.jpeg|thumb|left|upright|Chiang Kai-shek, leader of the alt=A Chinese man in military uniform, smiling and looking towards the left. He holds a sword in his left hand and has a medal in shape of a sun on his chest.

Chinese Nationalist one-party rule

Martial law, declared on Taiwan in May 1949,WEB, National Archives Administration, National Development Council,weblink zh:三、 台灣戒嚴令, Chinese, III. Decree to establish martial law in Taiwan, 2 October 2009, 23 May 2012, continued to be in effect after the central government relocated to Taiwan. It was not repealed until 1987, and was used as a way to suppress the political opposition in the intervening years.WEB,weblink 28 February 1947 â€“ Taiwan's Holocaust Remembered â€“ 60th Commemoration, 2007, New Taiwan, Ilha Formosa, 2 July 2009, During the White Terror, as the period is known, 140,000 people were imprisoned or executed for being perceived as anti-KMT or pro-Communist.NEWS,weblink Taiwan president apologises for 'white terror' era, Reuters, 2 July 2009, Many citizens were arrested, tortured, imprisoned and executed for their real or perceived link to the Communists. Since these people were mainly from the intellectual and social elite, an entire generation of political and social leaders was decimated. In 1998 law was passed to create the "Compensation Foundation for Improper Verdicts" which oversaw compensation to White Terror victims and families. President Ma Ying-jeou made an official apology in 2008, expressing hope that there will never be a tragedy similar to White Terror.NEWS,weblink Taiwan sorry for white terror era, Caroline, Gluck, 16 July 2008, BBC News, London, Initially, the United States abandoned the KMT and expected that Taiwan would fall to the Communists. However, in 1950 the conflict between North Korea and South Korea, which had been ongoing since the Japanese withdrawal in 1945, escalated into full-blown war, and in the context of the Cold War, US President Harry S. Truman intervened again and dispatched the US Navy's 7th Fleet into the Taiwan Strait to prevent hostilities between Taiwan and mainland China.JOURNAL, US Department of Defense, Classified Teletype Conference, dated 27 June 1950, between the Pentagon and General Douglas MacArthur regarding authorization to use naval and air forces in support of South Korea. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Naval Aide Files, Truman Presidential Library and Museum, 1950,weblink 1 and 4, Page 1: In addition 7th Fleet will take station so as to prevent invasion of Formosa and to insure that Formosa not be used as base of operations against Chinese mainland." Page 4: "Seventh Fleet is hereby assigned to operational control CINCFE for employment in following task hereby assigned CINCFE: By naval and air action prevent any attack on Formosa, or any air or sea offensive from Formosa against mainland of China., In the Treaty of San Francisco and the Treaty of Taipei, which came into force respectively on 28 April 1952 and 5 August 1952, Japan formally renounced all right, claim and title to Taiwan and Penghu, and renounced all treaties signed with China before 1942. Neither treaty specified to whom sovereignty over the islands should be transferred, because the United States and the United Kingdom disagreed on whether the ROC or the PRC was the legitimate government of China.BOOK, Alagappa, Muthiah, Taiwan's presidential politics, M.E. Sharpe, 2001, 265,weblink 978-0-7656-0834-5, Continuing conflict of the Chinese Civil War through the 1950s, and intervention by the United States notably resulted in legislation such as the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty and the Formosa Resolution of 1955.File:U.S. President Eisenhower visited TAIWAN 美國總統艾森豪於1960å¹´6月訪問臺灣台北時與蔣中正總統-2.jpg|thumb|With President Chiang Kai-shek, the US President Dwight D. Eisenhower waved to crowds during his visit to TaipeiTaipeiAs the Chinese Civil War continued without truce, the government built up military fortifications throughout Taiwan. Within this effort, KMT veterans built the now famous Central Cross-Island Highway through the Taroko Gorge in the 1950s. The two sides would continue to engage in sporadic military clashes with seldom publicized details well into the 1960s on the China coastal islands with an unknown number of night raids. During the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in September 1958, Taiwan's landscape saw Nike-Hercules missile batteries added, with the formation of the 1st Missile Battalion Chinese Army that would not be deactivated until 1997. Newer generations of missile batteries have since replaced the Nike Hercules systems throughout the island.During the 1960s and 1970s, the ROC maintained an authoritarian, single-party government while its economy became industrialized and technology oriented. This rapid economic growth, known as the Taiwan Miracle, was the result of a fiscal regime independent from mainland China and backed up, among others, by the support of US funds and demand for Taiwanese products.NEWS,weblink Taiwan Timeline â€“ Cold war fortress, 2002, BBC News, 2 July 2009, {{sfnp|Makinen|Woodward|1989|ps=: "Yet, the Chinese Nationalist government attempted to isolate Taiwan from the mainland inflation by creating it as an independent currency area. And during the later stages of the civil war it was able to end the hyperinflation on Taiwan, something it was unable to do on the mainland despite two attempts."}} In the 1970s, Taiwan was economically the second fastest growing state in Asia after Japan.NEWS,weblink China: Chiang Kai-shek: Death of the Casualty, 14 April 1975, Time, 3, 16 December 2009, Taiwan, along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore, became known as one of the Four Asian Tigers. Because of the Cold War, most Western nations and the United Nations regarded the ROC as the sole legitimate government of China until the 1970s. Later, especially after the termination of the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, most nations switched diplomatic recognition to the PRC (see United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758).Up until the 1970s, the government was regarded by Western critics as undemocratic for upholding martial law, for severely repressing any political opposition and for controlling media. The KMT did not allow the creation of new parties and those that existed did not seriously compete with the KMT. Thus, competitive democratic elections did not exist.BOOK, Sun, Yat-sen, Julie Lee Wei, Ramon Hawley Myers, Donald G. Gillin, Prescriptions for saving China: selected writings of Sun Yat-sen, Julie Lee Wei, Ramon Hawley Myers, Donald G. Gillin, Hoover Press, 1994, 36, 978-0-8179-9281-1,weblink The party first applied Sun's concept of political tutelage by governing through martial law, not tolerating opposition parties, controlling the public media, and using the 1947 constitution drawn up on the China mainland to govern. Thus, much of the world in those years gave the government low scores for democracy and human rights but admitted it had accomplished an economic miracle., BOOK, Chao, Linda, Ramon Hawley Myers, Democracy's new leaders in the Republic of China on Taiwan, Hoover Press, 1997, 3, 978-0-8179-3802-4,weblink Although this party [the KMT] had initiated a democratic breakthrough and guided the democratic transition, it had also upheld martial law for thirty-six years and severely repressed political dissent and any efforts to establish an opposition party. [...] How was it possible that this party, so hated by opposition politicians and long regarded by Western critics as a dictatorial, Leninist-type party, still remained in power?, {{sfnp|Fung|2000|p=67|ps=: "Nanjing was not only undemocratic and repressive but also inefficient and corrupt. [...] Furthermore, like other authoritarian regimes, the GMD sought to control people's mind."}}{{sfnp|Fung|2000|p=85|ps=: "The response to national emergency, critics argued, was not merely military, it was, even more important, political, requiring the termination of one-party dictatorship and the development of democratic institutions."}}BOOK, Copper, John Franklin, Consolidating Taiwan's democracy, University Press of America, 2005, 8, 978-0-7618-2977-5,weblink Also, the "Temporary Provisions" (of the Constitution) did not permit forming new political parties, and those that existed at this time did not seriously compete with the Nationalist Party. Thus, at the national level the KMT did not permit competitive democratic elections., From the late 1970s to the 1990s, however, Taiwan went through reforms and social changes that transformed it from an authoritarian state to a democracy. In 1979, a pro-democracy protest known as the Kaohsiung Incident took place in Kaohsiung to celebrate Human Rights Day. Although the protest was rapidly crushed by the authorities, it is today considered as the main event that united Taiwan's opposition.NEWS,weblink Out with the old, 2002, BBC News, 30 October 2009,


File:President Lee teng hui.png|thumb|right|180px|In 1988, Lee Teng-huiLee Teng-huiChiang Ching-kuo, Chiang Kai-shek's son and successor as the president, began to liberalize the political system in the mid-1980s. In 1984, the younger Chiang selected Lee Teng-hui, a Taiwanese-born, US-educated technocrat, to be his vice-president. In 1986, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was formed and inaugurated as the first opposition party in the ROC to counter the KMT. A year later, Chiang Ching-kuo lifted martial law on the main island of Taiwan (martial law was lifted on Penghu in 1979, Matsu island in 1992 and Kinmen island in 1993). With the advent of democratization, the issue of the political status of Taiwan gradually resurfaced as a controversial issue where, previously, the discussion of anything other than unification under the ROC was taboo.After the death of Chiang Ching-kuo in January 1988, Lee Teng-hui succeeded him and became the first Taiwan-born president. Lee continued to democratize the government and decrease the concentration of government authority in the hands of mainland Chinese. Under Lee, Taiwan underwent a process of localization in which Taiwanese culture and history were promoted over a pan-China viewpoint in contrast to earlier KMT policies which had promoted a Chinese identity. Lee's reforms included printing banknotes from the Central Bank rather than the Provincial Bank of Taiwan, and streamlining the Taiwan Provincial Government with most of its functions transferred to the Executive Yuan. Under Lee, the original members of the Legislative Yuan and National Assembly (a former supreme legislative body defunct in 2005),JOURNAL,weblink Influence of Constitutional Reform on Parliamentary System in Taiwan: From the Perspective of the Abolishment of the National Assembly, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University, the Republic of China, 29 November 2014, elected in 1947 to represent mainland Chinese constituencies and having held the seats without re-election for more than four decades, were forced to resign in 1991. The previously nominal representation in the Legislative Yuan was brought to an end, reflecting the reality that the ROC had no jurisdiction over mainland China, and vice versa. Restrictions on the use of Taiwanese Hokkien in the broadcast media and in schools were also lifted.{{citation needed|date=March 2013}}File:Secretary Clinton Meets With Leader's Representative of Chinese Taipei (6383252905).jpg|thumb|left|US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Taiwan's special envoy to the APEC summit, Lien ChanLien ChanDemocratic reforms continued in the 1990s, with Lee Teng-hui re-elected in 1996, in the first direct presidential election in the history of the ROC.NEWS,weblink Taiwan Timeline â€“ Path to democracy, 2002, BBC News, 3 July 2009, During the later years of Lee's administration, he was involved in corruption controversies relating to government release of land and weapons purchase, although no legal proceedings commenced. In 1997,"To meet the requisites of the nation prior to national unification",WEB,weblink Annotated Republic of China Laws/Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China/1997, Wikibooks, 22 April 2015, 15 September 2017, the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China was passed and then the former "constitution of five powers" turns to be more tripartite. In 2000, Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party was elected as the first non-Kuomintang (KMT) President and was re-elected to serve his second and last term since 2004. Polarized politics has emerged in Taiwan with the formation of the Pan-Blue Coalition of parties led by the KMT, favouring eventual Chinese reunification, and the Pan-Green Coalition of parties led by the DPP, favouring an eventual and official declaration of Taiwanese independence.After vote, China tells Taiwan to abandon independence "hallucination". Reuters. 17 January 2016.{{clarify|date=March 2016}} In early 2006, President Chen Shui-bian remarked:"The National Unification Council will cease to function. No budget will be ear-marked for it and its personnel must return to their original posts...The National Unification Guidelines will cease to apply."BBC News: Taiwan scraps unification council, 27 February 2006File:20160115-21-51-51-20160115-21-51-51-P1150734-2 (24410595995).jpg|thumb|The ruling DPP has traditionally leaned in favour of Taiwan independenceTaiwan independenceOn 30 September 2007, the ruling DPP approved a resolution asserting a separate identity from China and called for the enactment of a new constitution for a "normal country". It also called for general use of "Taiwan" as the country's name, without abolishing its formal name, the Republic of China.NEWS,weblink AP, Taiwan Party Asserts Separate Identity From China, The Chen administration also pushed for referendums on national defense in 2004 and UN entry in 2008, both of which held on the same day as the presidential election. They both failed due to voter turnout below the required legal threshold of 50% of all registered voters.JOURNAL, Lam, Willy, Ma Ying-jeou and the Future of Cross-Strait Relations, China Brief, 8, 7, 28 March 2008,weblink 4 April 2008,  â€“ Scholar search,weblink" title="">weblink 13 April 2008, harv, The Chen administration was dogged by public concerns over reduced economic growth, legislative gridlock due to a pan-blue, opposition-controlled Legislative Yuan and corruption involving the First Family as well as government officials.NEWS, The Nationalists are back in Taiwan, The Economist, London, 23 March 2008, NEWS, Straitened times: Taiwan looks to China, Financial Times, 25 March 2008,weblink The KMT increased its majority in the Legislative Yuan in the January 2008 legislative elections, while its nominee Ma Ying-jeou went on to win the presidency in March of the same year, campaigning on a platform of increased economic growth and better ties with the PRC under a policy of "mutual nondenial". Ma took office on 20 May 2008, the same day that President Chen Shui-bian stepped down and was notified by prosecutors of possible corruption charges. Part of the rationale for campaigning for closer economic ties with the PRC stems from the strong economic growth China attained since joining the World Trade Organization. However, some analysts say that despite the election of Ma Ying-jeou, the diplomatic and military tensions with the PRC have not been reduced.WEB,weblink Taiwan-China Economic Ties Boom, Military Tensions Remain {{!, English |publisher=Voice of America |date=20 August 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2010}}On 24 May 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that current marriage laws have been violating the Constitution by denying Taiwanese same-sex couples the right to marry. The Court ruled that if the Legislative Yuan does not pass adequate amendments to Taiwanese marriage laws within two years, same-sex marriages will automatically become legitimate in Taiwan.NEWS, Wu, J. R., Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, first in Asia,weblink 11 October 2017, Reuters, 24 May 2017,


File:Taiwan NASA Terra MODIS 23791.jpg|thumb|right|upright=0.8|Taiwan is mostly mountainous in the east, with gently sloping plains in the west. The Penghu IslandsPenghu IslandsThe total area of the current jurisdiction of the Republic of China is {{convert|36193|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}},WEB,weblink Number of Villages, Neighborhoods, Households and Resident Population, MOI Statistical Information Service, 2 February 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 29 March 2014, making it the world's 137th-largest country/dependency, smaller than Switzerland and larger than Belgium.The island of Taiwan has an area of {{convert|35883|km2|0|abbr=on}}, and lies some {{convert|180|km}} from the southeastern coast of mainland China across the Taiwan Strait. The East China Sea lies to the north, the Philippine Sea to the east, the Bashi Channel of the Luzon Strait directly to the south, and the South China Sea to the southwest.Its shape is similar to a sweet potato, giving rise to the slang term hanji ("sweet potato" in Hokkien) used by Taiwanese Hokkien speakers to refer to people of native Taiwanese descent.JOURNAL, Chao, Kang, Johnson, Marshall, 2000, Nationalist Social Sciences and the Fabrication of Subimperial Subjects in Taiwan, Positions, 8, 1, 151–171, 10.1215/10679847-8-1-151, p. 167/The island is characterized by the contrast between the eastern two-thirds, consisting mostly of rugged mountains running in five ranges from the northern to the southern tip of the island, and the flat to gently rolling Chianan Plains in the west that are also home to most of Taiwan's population. Taiwan's highest point is Yu Shan (Jade Mountain) at {{convert|3952|m}},{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=43}} making Taiwan the world's fourth-highest island.The Penghu Islands, {{convert|50|km|mi|1|abbr=on}} west of the main island, have an area of {{convert|126.9|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on}}. More distant islands of the Republic of China are the Kinmen, Wuchiu and Matsu Islands off the coast of Fujian, with a total area of {{convert|180.5|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on}}, and the Pratas Islands and Taiping Island in the South China Sea, with a total area of {{convert|2.9|km2|sqmi|1|abbr=on}} and no permanent inhabitants.The ROC government also claims the Senkaku Islands to the northeast, which are controlled by Japan.


Taiwan lies on the Tropic of Cancer, and its general climate is marine tropical.WEB, Taiwan, CIA World Factbook, Langley, Virginia, Central Intelligence Agency,weblink 10 November 2018, 23 October 2018, The northern and central regions are subtropical, whereas the south is tropical and the mountainous regions are temperate.{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=44}} The average rainfall is {{convert|2,600|mm|abbr=off}} per year for the island proper; the rainy season is concurrent with the onset of the summer East Asian Monsoon in May and June.{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=45}} The entire island experiences hot, humid weather from June through September. Typhoons are most common in July, August and September.{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=45}} During the winter (November to March), the northeast experiences steady rain, while the central and southern parts of the island are mostly sunny.


File:DabajianMountain.jpg|thumb|Dabajian MountainDabajian MountainThe island of Taiwan lies in a complex tectonic area between the Yangtze Plate to the west and north, the Okinawa Plate on the north-east, and the Philippine Mobile Belt on the east and south. The upper part of the crust on the island is primarily made up of a series of terranes, mostly old island arcs which have been forced together by the collision of the forerunners of the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. These have been further uplifted as a result of the detachment of a portion of the Eurasian Plate as it was subducted beneath remnants of the Philippine Sea Plate, a process which left the crust under Taiwan more buoyant.WEB,weblink Geology of Taiwan, University of Arizona, 1 August 2010, The east and south of Taiwan are a complex system of belts formed by, and part of the zone of, active collision between the North Luzon Trough portion of the Luzon Volcanic Arc and South China, where accreted portions of the Luzon Arc and Luzon forearc form the eastern Coastal Range and parallel inland Longitudinal Valley of Taiwan respectively.Clift, Schouten and Draut (2003) in Intra-Oceanic Subduction Systems: Tectonic and Magmatic Processes, {{ISBN|1-86239-147-5}} p84–86The major seismic faults in Taiwan correspond to the various suture zones between the various terranes. These have produced major quakes throughout the history of the island. On 21 September 1999, a 7.3 quake known as the "921 earthquake" killed more than 2,400 people. The seismic hazard map for Taiwan by the USGS shows 9/10 of the island as the highest rating (most hazardous).WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 3 March 2000, USGS seismic hazard map of Eastern Asia,, 30 May 2011,

Political and legal status

{{See also|List of states with limited recognition|Foreign relations of China#International territorial disputes}}{{Simple Horizontal timeline|width=1150px|border=none|row1=note|row1-1-text=Taiwan|row1-1-shift=-3em|row1-1-arrow= |row1-1-at=1620Siege of Fort Zeelandia>Siege of Zeelandia|row1-2-at=1661|row1-2-shift=-4.95em|row1-3-text=Battle of Penghu|row1-3-at=1683|row1-4-text=Treaty of Shimonoseki|row1-4-at=1895|row1-5-text=Surrender of Japan|row1-5-at=1945|row1-6-arrow= |row1-6-at=2000|row2=timeline|row2-height=3em|row2-bordertop= 1px solid #000;|row2-borderbottom= 1px solid #000;Dutch Formosa>Dutch & Spanish Formosa{{flagicon>Dutch East India Company}}   {{flagicon1506}}|row2-1-colour=#DDDDDD|row2-1-to=1662Kingdom of Tungning>Ming(Tungning)|row2-2-colour=#FFE87C|row2-2-to=1683Taiwan under Qing rule>Qing{{flagicon1889}}|row2-3-colour=#FFF28E|row2-3-to=1895Taiwan under Japanese rule>Japanese rule{{flagicon1870}}|row2-4-colour=white|row2-4-to=1945Taiwan after World War II>Republic of China{{flagicon|Taiwan}}|row2-5-colour=#9FCCFC|row3=note|row3-1-text=Mainland China|row3-1-shift=-3em|row3-1-arrow= |row3-1-at=1620|row3-2-text=Qing conquest of the Ming|row3-2-at=1644|row3-3-text=Xinhai Revolution|row3-3-at=1911Chinese Communist Revolution>Communist Revolution|row3-4-at=1949|row3-5-arrow= |row3-5-at=2000|row4=timeline|row4-height=3em|row4-bordertop= 1px solid #000;|row4-borderbottom= 1px solid #000;Ming dynasty>Ming|row4-1-colour=#FFE87C|row4-1-to=1644Qing Dynasty>Qing{{flagicon1889}}|row4-2-colour=#FFF28E|row4-2-to=1912Republic of China (1912–49)>Republic of China{{flagicon1912}}   {{flagicon1929}}|row4-3-colour=#9FCCFC|row4-3-to=1949History of the People's Republic of China>People's Republic of China{{flagicon|PRC}}|row4-4-colour=#ED8B8B|row5=scale|from=1625|to=2005|inc = 25|axis-nudge=-0.8em}}The political and legal statuses of Taiwan are contentious issues. The People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that the Republic of China government is illegitimate, referring to it as the "Taiwan Authority".WEB, 2005, The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue, PRC Taiwan Affairs Office and the Information Office of the State Council,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 13 February 2006, 3 December 2014, Section 1: "Since the KMT ruling clique retreated to Taiwan, although its regime has continued to use the designations "Republic of China" and "government of the Republic of China," it has long since completely forfeited its right to exercise state sovereignty on behalf of mainland China and, in reality, has always remained only a separate state on the island of Taiwan."BBC News, "Taiwan Flashpoint", "But Taiwan's leaders say it is clearly much more than a province, arguing that it is a sovereign state. It has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders, and 400,000 troops in its armed forces." The ROC has its own constitution, independently elected president and armed forces. It has not formally renounced its claim to the mainland, but ROC government publications have increasingly downplayed it.BOOK, Chang, Bi-yu, 2015, Place, Identity, and National Imagination in Post-war Taiwan,weblink Oxon, UK, and New York, USA, Routledge, 35–40, 46–60, 978-1-317-65812-2, Internationally, there is controversy on whether the ROC still exists as a state or a defunct state per international law due to the lack of wide diplomatic recognition. In a poll of Taiwanese aged 20 and older taken by TVBS in March 2009, a majority of 64% opted for the "status quo", while 19% favoured "independence" and 5% favoured "unification".

Relations with the PRC

{{See also|Cross-Strait relations}}File:2015 Ma–Xi Meeting 08.jpg|thumb|2015 Ma–Xi meeting2015 Ma–Xi meetingThe political environment is complicated by the potential for military conflict should Taiwan declare de jure independence; it is the official PRC policy to use force to ensure unification if peaceful unification is no longer possible, as stated in its anti-secession law, and for this reason there are substantial military installations on the Fujian coast.WEB,weblink Liancheng / Lianfeng Airbase â€“ Chinese Military Forces, Federation of American Scientists, 7 June 2009, In March 2000 it was reported that the PLA Air Force was deploying new air-defense missiles [possibly batteries of Russian-made S-300 missiles] opposite Taiwan at the coastal cities of Xiamen and Shantou, and at Longtian, near Fuzhou., WEB, 2004, 2004 National Defense Report, PDF, ROC Ministry of National Defense,weblink 5 March 2006, 89–90, The PRC refusal to renounce using military power against Taiwan, its current emphasis on 'enhancing preparation for military struggle', its obvious intention of preparing a war against Taiwan reflected in operational deployment, readiness efforts, and annual military exercises in the Southeast China coastal region, and its progress in aerospace operations, information warfare, paralyzing warfare, and non-conventional warfare, all of these factors work together so that the ROC Armed Forces face an increasingly complicated and difficult situation in terms of self-defense and counterattack. These multiple daunting challenges are testing our defense security.,weblink" title="">weblink 11 March 2006, NEWS, Forsythe, Michael, Protests in Hong Kong Have Roots in China's 'Two Systems',weblink 14 April 2015, New York Times, 29 September 2014, NEWS, Chung, Lawrence, 'One country, two systems' right formula for Taiwan, Xi Jinping reiterates,weblink 14 April 2015, South China Morning Post, 27 September 2014, WEB,weblink 1992 Consensus basis for regular contact between cross-Strait affairs authorities: spokesman – CCTV News – English, On 29 April 2005, Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan travelled to Beijing and met with Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretary-General Hu Jintao,NEWS,weblink Lien, Hu share 'vision' for peace, Hong, Caroline, 30 April 2005, Taipei Times, 3 June 2016, the first meeting between the leaders of the two parties since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. On 11 February 2014, Mainland Affairs Council Head Wang Yu-chi travelled to Nanjing and met with Taiwan Affairs Office Head Zhang Zhijun, the first meeting between high-ranking officials from either side.NEWS,weblink MAC Minister Wang in historic meeting, Wang, Chris, 12 February 2014, Taipei Times, 3 June 2016, Zhang paid a reciprocal visit to Taiwan and met Wang on 25 June 2014, making Zhang the first minister-level PRC official to ever visit Taiwan.NEWS,weblink First minister-level Chinese official heads to Taipei for talks, 25 June 2014, The Japan Times Online, en-US, 0447-5763, 4 June 2016, On 7 November 2015, Ma Ying-jeou (in his capacity as Leader of Taiwan) and Xi Jinping (in his capacity as Leader of Mainland China) travelled to Singapore and met up,NEWS,weblink Cross-strait leaders meet after 66 years of separation, Chiao, Yuan-Ming, 7 November 2015, China Post, 3 June 2016, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 10 November 2015, marking the highest-level exchange between the two sides since 1949.The PRC supports a version of the One-China policy, which states that Taiwan and mainland China are both part of China, and that the PRC is the only legitimate government of China. It uses this policy to prevent the international recognition of the ROC as an independent sovereign state, meaning that Taiwan participates in international forums under the name "Chinese Taipei". With the emergence of the Taiwanese independence movement, the name "Taiwan" has been employed increasingly often on the island.NEWS,weblink Taiwan's Independence Movement Likely to Wane, Wong, Edward, 12 March 2008, The New York Times, 12 February 2016,

Foreign relations

File:RC (Taiwan).png|thumb|right|Countries maintaining relations with the ROC{{legend|#008000|diplomatic relations and embassy in #0080ff|unofficial relations (see text)}}|alt=A map of the world showing countries which have relations with the Republic of China. Only a few small countries officially recognize the government of Taiwan, mainly in Central America, South America and Africa.File:Taiwanese Embassy in Mbabane.JPG|thumb|ROC embassy in SwazilandSwazilandBefore 1928, the foreign policy of Republican China was complicated by a lack of internal unity—competing centres of power all claimed legitimacy. This situation changed after the defeat of the Peiyang Government by the Kuomintang, which led to widespread diplomatic recognition of the Republic of China.WEB,weblink Countries â€“ China, US Department of State, Office of the Historian, 28 May 2009, After the KMT's retreat to Taiwan, most countries, notably the countries in the Western Bloc, continued to maintain relations with the ROC. Due to diplomatic pressure, recognition gradually eroded and many countries switched recognition to the PRC in the 1970s. UN Resolution 2758 (25 October 1971) recognized the People's Republic of China as China's sole representative in the United Nations.Eyal Propper. weblink" title="">"How China Views its National Security," The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, May 2008.The PRC refuses to have diplomatic relations with any nation that recognizes the ROC, and requires all nations with which it has diplomatic relations to make a statement recognizing its claims to Taiwan.BOOK, Henckaerts, Jean-Marie, The international status of Taiwan in the new world order, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996, 96–97, 978-90-411-0929-3,weblink As a result, only {{Numrec|ROC||UN member states}} and the Holy See maintain official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China. The ROC maintains unofficial relations with most countries via de facto embassies and consulates called Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Offices (TECRO), with branch offices called "Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices" (TECO). Both TECRO and TECO are "unofficial commercial entities" of the ROC in charge of maintaining diplomatic relations, providing consular services (i.e. visa applications), and serving the national interests of the ROC in other countries.BOOK, Vang, Pobzeb, Five Principles of Chinese Foreign Policies, AuthorHouse, 2008, 978-1-4343-6971-0,weblink 46, The United States remains one of the main allies of the country and, through the Taiwan Relations Act passed in 1979, has continued selling arms and providing military training to the Armed Forces.WEB,weblink The Taiwan Relations Act After 20 Years: Keys to Past and Future Success, Stephen J., Yates, Stephen J. Yates, 16 April 1999, The Heritage Foundation, 19 July 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 22 July 2009, This situation continues to be an issue for the People's Republic of China which considers US involvement disruptive to the stability of the region. In January 2010, the Obama administration announced its intention to sell $6.4 billion worth of military hardware to Taiwan. As a consequence, the PRC threatened the US with economic sanctions and warned that their co-operation on international and regional issues could suffer.NEWS, China: US spat over Taiwan could hit co-operation, 2 February 2010, Agence France-Presse,weblink Google News, Google,weblink 6 February 2010, 17 July 2014, The official position of the United States is that the PRC is expected to "use no force or threat[en] to use force against Taiwan" and the ROC is to "exercise prudence in managing all aspects of Cross-Strait relations." Both are to refrain from performing actions or espousing statements "that would unilaterally alter Taiwan's status."PRESS RELEASE, United States Department of State, 21 April 2004, Overview of US Policy Towards Taiwan,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 10 April 2008, 17 July 2014, Kelly, James A., On 16 December 2015, the Obama administration announced a deal to sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to the armed forces of the ROC.NEWS, US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition,weblink BBC News, 16 December 2015, NEWS, Obama to push ahead on Taiwan frigate sales despite Chinese anger,weblink CNBC, Reuters, 14 December 2015, China's foreign ministry had expressed its disapproval for the sales and issued the US a "stern warning", saying it would hurt China–US relations.NEWS, China warns against first major US-Taiwan arms sale in four years,weblink The Guardian, Reuters, 16 December 2015,

Participation in international events and organizations

{{See also|Foreign relations of Taiwan#Relation with International organizations}}The ROC was a founding member of the United Nations, and held the seat of China on the Security Council and other UN bodies until 1971, when it was expelled by Resolution 2758 and replaced in all UN organs with the PRC. Each year since 1992, the ROC has petitioned the UN for entry, but its applications have not made it past committee.WEB,weblink Taiwan and the United Nations, New Taiwan, 28 May 2009, File:Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg|thumb|The flag used by Taiwan at the Olympic Games, where it competes as "alt=A white symbol in shape of a five petal flower ringed by a blue and a red line. In its centre stands a circular symbol depicting a white sun on a blue background. The five Olympic circles (blue, yellow, black, green and red) stand below it.Due to its limited international recognition, the Republic of China is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, represented by a government-funded organization, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) under the name "Taiwan".WEB,weblink Taiwan, UNPO, 7 May 2009, WEB,weblink About TFD, TFD, Also due to its One China policy, the PRC only participates in international organizations where the ROC is not recognized as a sovereign country. Most member states, including the United States, do not wish to discuss the issue of the ROC's political status for fear of souring diplomatic ties with the PRC.NEWS, Tkacik, John,weblink JOHN TKACIK ON TAIWAN: Taiwan's 'undetermined' status, Taipei Times, 13 May 2009, 28 May 2009, However, both the US and Japan publicly support the ROC's bid for membership in the World Health Organization as an observer.NEWS, Su, Joy, WHO application: a question of health or politics?, 19 May 2004, Taipei Times,weblink However, though the ROC sought to participate in the WHO since 1997,NEWS, Minister Chiu leads our WHA delegation to actively hold bilateral talks with delegations from other nations. This event has been the most successful medical-related diplomatic record over the past years.,weblink 27 January 2015, Ministry of Health and Welfare, 18 June 2014, Republic of China, NEWS, ROC urges world public to support WHO bid,weblink 27 January 2015, Taiwan Info, 3 May 2002, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 10 February 2015, their efforts were blocked by the PRC until 2010, when they were invited as observers to attend the World Health Assembly, under the name "Chinese Taipei".NEWS,weblink Taiwan delegation to participate in WHA, Taiwan Today, 14 May 2010, 2 January 2015, Due to PRC pressure, the ROC is forced to use the name "Chinese Taipei" in international events, such as the Olympic Games, where the PRC is also a party.NEWS,weblink Taiwan insists on 'Chinese Taipei', China Post, 25 July 2008, 28 May 2009, The ROC is typically barred from using its national anthem and national flag in international events due to PRC pressure; ROC spectators attending events such as the Olympics are often barred from bringing ROC flags into venues.NEWS, Taiwan flags in Salt Lake ruffle a few feelings, 10 February 2002, The Deseret News,weblink Taiwan also participates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (since 1991) and the World Trade Organization (since 2002) under the name "Chinese Taipei".The ROC is able to participate as "China" in organizations that the PRC does not participate in, such as the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Opinions within Taiwan

{{See also|Taiwan independence|Chinese Unification}}Within Taiwan, opinions are polarized between those supporting unification, represented by the Pan-Blue Coalition of parties, and those supporting independence, represented by the Pan-Green Coalition.The KMT, the largest Pan-Blue party, supports the status quo for the indefinite future with a stated ultimate goal of unification. However, it does not support unification in the short term with the PRC as such a prospect would be unacceptable to most of its members and the public. Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of the KMT and former president of the ROC, has set out democracy, economic development to a level near that of Taiwan, and equitable wealth distribution as the conditions that the PRC must fulfill for reunification to occur.NEWS,weblink Unification with China unlikely 'in our lifetimes': president-elect, Enav, Peter, 16 May 2008, China Post, 13 June 2009, 'It is very difficult for us to see any unification talks even in our lifetimes,' Ma said. 'Taiwanese people would like to have economic interactions with the mainland, but obviously they don’t believe their political system is suitable for Taiwan.', The Democratic Progressive Party, the largest Pan-Green party, officially seeks independence, but in practice also supports the status quo because its members and the public would not accept the risk of provoking the PRC.NEWS, Eckholm, Erik,weblink Why a Victory in Taiwan Wasn't Enough for Some, The New York Times, 22 March 2000, 28 May 2009, NEWS, BBC News, Taiwan Flashpoint: Independence debate,weblink 2009, Since neither outcome looks likely in the short or even medium term, it is perhaps not surprising that opinion polls suggest most Taiwanese people want things to stay as they are, with the island's ambiguous status unresolved., On 2 September 2008, Mexican newspaper El Sol de México asked President Ma about his views on the subject of "two Chinas" and if there was a solution for the sovereignty issues between the two. The president replied that the relations are neither between two Chinas nor two states. It is a special relationship. Further, he stated that the sovereignty issues between the two cannot be resolved at present, but he quoted the "1992 Consensus", currently accepted by both the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China, as a temporary measure until a solution becomes available.NEWS,weblink Impulsa Taiwan la reconciliación, 2 September 2008, El Sol de México, Spanish, 9 June 2009, Esencialmente, no definiríamos la relación a través del estrecho de Taiwan como una relación de dos países o dos Chinas, porque nuestra Constitución no lo permite. Nosotros definiríamos está relación como una relación muy especial, ya que la Constitución nuestra, igual que la Constitución de China continental, no permite la existencia de otro país dentro del territorio., On 27 September 2017, Taiwanese premier William Lai said that he was a "political worker who advocates Taiwan independence", but that as Taiwan was an independent country called the Republic of China, it had no need to declare independence.WEB, As of 11:59AM,weblink Taiwanese premier’s independence stance incurs Beijing’s wrath, TODAYonline, 28 September 2017, 6 October 2017, The relationship with the PRC and the related issues of Taiwanese independence and Chinese unification continue to dominate politics.PRESS RELEASE, Mainland Affairs Council, ROC Executive Yuan, 29 March 2005, The Official Position of the Republic of China on China's Passing of the Anti-secession (Anti-Separation) Law,weblink Section II-2: "'The Republic of China is an independent and sovereign state. Taiwan's sovereignty belongs to the 23 million people of Taiwan. Only the 23 million citizens of Taiwan may decide on the future of Taiwan.' This statement represents the greatest consensus within Taiwan's society today concerning the issues of national sovereignty and the future of Taiwan. It is also a common position shared by both the ruling and opposition parties in Taiwan. A recent opinion poll shows that more than 90% of the people of Taiwan agree with this position.,

Government and politics

{{See also|Elections in Taiwan|Human rights in Taiwan}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:left; float:left; margin-right:9px; margin-left:2px;" (File:蔡英文官方元首肖像照.png|120px) (File:賴清德市長.jpg|120px)Tsai Ing-wenPresidentWilliam LaiPremierThe government of the Republic of China was founded on the Constitution of the ROC and its Three Principles of the People, which states that the ROC "shall be a democratic republic of the people, to be governed by the people and for the people."BOOK, The Republic of China Yearbook,weblink Chapter 4: Government,weblink 55–65, Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan), 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 12 May 2008, The government is divided into five branches (Yuan): the Executive Yuan (cabinet), the Legislative Yuan (Congress or Parliament), the Judicial Yuan, the Control Yuan (audit agency), and the Examination Yuan (civil service examination agency). The constitution was drafted before the fall of mainland China to the Communist Party of China. It was created by the KMT for the purpose of all of its claimed territory, including Taiwan, even though the Communist Party boycotted the drafting of the constitution. The constitution went into effect on 25 December 1947.BOOK, Ginsburg, Tom, Judicial review in new democracies, Cambridge University Press, 111, 2003, 978-0-521-52039-3,weblink The ROC remained under martial law from 1948 until 1987 and much of the constitution was not in effect. Political reforms beginning in the late 1970s and continuing through the early 1990s liberalized the country and transformed into a multiparty democracy. Since the lifting of martial law, the Republic of China has democratized and reformed, suspending constitutional components that were originally meant for the whole of China. This process of amendment continues. In 2000, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency, ending KMT's continuous control of the government. In May 2005, a new National Assembly was elected to reduce the number of parliamentary seats and implement several constitutional reforms. These reforms have been passed; the National Assembly has essentially voted to abolish itself and transfer the power of constitutional reform to the popular ballot.NEWS, Taiwan assembly passes changes, 7 June 2005, BBC News,weblink File:Presidential Building, Taiwan (0747).JPG|thumb|Taiwan's popularly elected president resides in the Presidential Office Building, TaipeiPresidential Office Building, TaipeiThe head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces is the president, who is elected by popular vote for a maximum of 2 four-year terms on the same ticket as the vice-president. The president has authority over the Yuan. The president appoints the members of the Executive Yuan as his cabinet, including a premier, who is officially the President of the Executive Yuan; members are responsible for policy and administration.The main legislative body is the unicameral Legislative Yuan with 113 seats. Seventy-three are elected by popular vote from single-member constituencies; thirty-four are elected based on the proportion of nationwide votes received by participating political parties in a separate party list ballot; and six are elected from two three-member aboriginal constituencies. Members serve four-year terms. Originally the unicameral National Assembly, as a standing constitutional convention and electoral college, held some parliamentary functions, but the National Assembly was abolished in 2005 with the power of constitutional amendments handed over to the Legislative Yuan and all eligible voters of the Republic via referendums.The premier is selected by the president without the need for approval from the legislature, but the legislature can pass laws without regard for the president, as neither he nor the Premier wields veto power. Thus, there is little incentive for the president and the legislature to negotiate on legislation if they are of opposing parties. After the election of the pan-Green's Chen Shui-bian as President in 2000, legislation repeatedly stalled because of deadlock with the Legislative Yuan, which was controlled by a pan-Blue majority.NEWS, Huang, Jei-hsuan,weblink Letter: KMT holds the key, Taipei Times, 14 September 2006, 8, 28 May 2009, Historically, the ROC has been dominated by strongman single party politics. This legacy has resulted in executive powers currently being concentrated in the office of the president rather than the premier, even though the constitution does not explicitly state the extent of the president's executive power.BOOK, Jayasuriya, Kanishka, Law, capitalism and power in Asia, Routledge, 1999, 217,weblink 978-0-415-19743-4, The Judicial Yuan is the highest judicial organ. It interprets the constitution and other laws and decrees, judges administrative suits, and disciplines public functionaries. The president and vice-president of the Judicial Yuan and additional thirteen justices form the Council of Grand Justices.WIKISOURCE, Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China (2005), Article 5, They are nominated and appointed by the president, with the consent of the Legislative Yuan. The highest court, the Supreme Court, consists of a number of civil and criminal divisions, each of which is formed by a presiding judge and four associate judges, all appointed for life. In 1993, a separate constitutional court was established to resolve constitutional disputes, regulate the activities of political parties and accelerate the democratization process. There is no trial by jury but the right to a fair public trial is protected by law and respected in practice; many cases are presided over by multiple judges.File:Wu San-lien after election.jpg|thumb|Tangwai (Independent) Taiwanese-born politician Wu San-lien (2L) celebrated his landslide victory (65.5%) in Taipei City's first mayoral election in January 1951 with supporters.]]Capital punishment is still used in Taiwan, although efforts have been made by the government to reduce the number of executions. Nevertheless, according to a survey in 2006, about 80% of Taiwanese still wanted to keep the death penalty.NEWS,weblink Nation keeps death penalty, but reduces executions, Chang, Rich, 2 January 2006, Taipei Times, 2 November 2009, The Control Yuan is a watchdog agency that monitors (controls) the actions of the executive. It can be considered a standing commission for administrative inquiry and can be compared to the Court of Auditors of the European Union or the Government Accountability Office of the United States.The Examination Yuan is in charge of validating the qualification of civil servants. It is based on the old imperial examination system used in dynastic China. It can be compared to the European Personnel Selection Office of the European Union or the Office of Personnel Management of the United States.

Major camps

{{multiple image|width = 140|footer =|image1 =|alt1 = A circular logo representing the island of Taiwan surrounded by the text "DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY" and "民主進步黨"|caption1 = The Democratic Progressive Party, the main Pan-Green Coalition party.|image2 = Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg|alt2 = A circular logo representing a white sun on a blue background. The sun is a circle surrounded by twelve triangles.|caption2 = Emblem of the Kuomintang, the main Pan-Blue Coalition party.}}The tension between China and Taiwan colours most of the political life, and any government move towards "Taiwan independence" is met by threat of military attack from the PRC.NEWS,weblink Country profile: Taiwan, 11 September 2009, BBC News, 17 January 2010, The PRC's official policy is to reunify Taiwan and mainland China under the formula of "one country, two systems" and refuses to renounce the use of military force, especially should Taiwan seek a declaration of independence.NEWS,weblink China's Threats, Editorial, 23 February 2000, The Washington Post, 31 October 2011, The political scene is generally divided into two major camps in terms of views on how Taiwan should relate to China or the PRC, referred to as cross-Strait relations. It is the main political difference between two camps: the Pan-Blue Coalition, composed of the pro-unification Kuomintang, People First Party (PFP), and New Party, who believe that the ROC is the sole legitimate government of "China" (including Taiwan) and supports eventual Chinese reunification. The opposition Pan-Green Coalition is composed of the pro-independence DPP and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU). It regards Taiwan as an independent, sovereign state synonymous with the ROC, opposes the definition that Taiwan is part of "China", and seeks wide diplomatic recognition and an eventual declaration of formal Taiwan independence.BBC News, "Taiwan Flashpoint", "Officially, the DPP still favours eventual independence for Taiwan, while the KMT favours eventual re-unification." The Pan-Green camp tends to favour emphasizing the Republic of China as being a distinct country from the People's Republic of China. Thus, in September 2007, the then ruling Democratic Progressive Party approved a resolution asserting separate identity from China and called for the enactment of a new constitution for a "normal country". It called also for general use of "Taiwan" as the country's name, without abolishing its formal name, the "Republic of China".NEWS,weblink Taiwan party asserts separate identity from China, USA Today, 30 September 2007, 29 May 2009, Some members of the coalition, such as former President Chen Shui-bian, argue that it is unnecessary to proclaim independence because "Taiwan is already an independent, sovereign country" and the Republic of China is the same as Taiwan.WEB, Crisis Group,weblink Taiwan Strait I: What's Left of 'One China'?, International Crisis Group, 6 June 2003, 29 May 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 9 July 2008, Despite being a member of KMT prior to and during his presidency, Lee Teng-hui also held a similar view and was a supporter of the Taiwanization movement.BOOK, Shirk, Susan L., China: Fragile Superpower, Oxford University Press, 2007, 978-0-19-530609-5, Pan-Blue members generally support the concept of the One-China policy, which states that there is only one China and that its only government is the ROC. They favour eventual re-unification of China.BOOK, Pares, Susan, A political and economic dictionary of East Asia, Routledge, 24 February 2005, 267, 978-1-85743-258-9,weblink The Pan-Blue coalition on the whole favours a Chinese nationalist identity and policies supporting reunification and increased economic links with the People's Republic of China., The more mainstream Pan-Blue position is to lift investment restrictions and pursue negotiations with the PRC to immediately open direct transportation links. Regarding independence, the mainstream Pan-Blue position is to maintain the status quo, while refusing immediate reunification.NEWS,weblink Looking behind Ma's 'three noes', Taipei Times, 21 January 2008, 28 May 2009, President Ma Ying-jeou stated that there will be no unification nor declaration of independence during his presidency.NEWS, Ko, Shu-Ling, Ma refers to China as ROC territory in magazine interview, Taipei Times, 8 October 2008,weblink NEWS, Taiwan and China in 'special relations': Ma, China Post, 4 September 2008,weblink {{As of|2009}}, Pan-Blue members usually seek to improve relationships with mainland China, with a current focus on improving economic ties.NEWS,weblink World | Asia-Pacific | Taiwan opposition leader in China, BBC News, 26 April 2005, 28 May 2009,

Current political issues

File:2014 太陽花學運 DSC00465 (13573978414).jpg|thumb|Student protest in Taipei against a controversial trade agreement with China in March 2014]]The dominant political issue in Taiwan is its relationship with the PRC. For almost 60 years, there were no direct transportation links, including direct flights, between Taiwan and mainland China. This was a problem for many Taiwanese businesses that had opened factories or branches in mainland China. The former DPP administration feared that such links would lead to tighter economic and political integration with mainland China, and in the 2006 Lunar New Year Speech, President Chen Shui-bian called for managed opening of links. Direct weekend charter flights between Taiwan and mainland China began in July 2008 under the current KMT government, and the first direct daily charter flights took off in December 2008.NEWS,weblink Direct flights between China and Taiwan mark new era of improved relations, Yu, Sophie, Jane Macartney, 16 December 2008, The Times, 4 June 2009, London, Other major political issues include the passage of an arms procurement bill that the United States authorized in 2001.JOURNAL, Michael S. Chase,weblink Caliber â€“ Asian Survey â€“ 48(4):703 â€“ Abstract, Asian Survey, 48, 4, 703–724, 10.1525/as.2008.48.4.703, 4 September 2008, 29 May 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-04-29, yes, In 2008, however, the United States was reluctant to send over more arms to Taiwan out of fear that it would hinder the recent improvement of ties between the PRC and the ROC.WEB,weblink US Keeps Taiwan at Arm's Length, David Isenberg,, 29 May 2009, Another major political issue is the establishment of a National Communications Commission to take over from the Government Information Office, whose advertising budget exercised great control over the media.NEWS,weblink NCC relinquishes power over China-related media, Taipei Times, 9 August 2007, 29 May 2009, The politicians and their parties have themselves become major political issues. Corruption among some DPP administration officials has been exposed. In early 2006, President Chen Shui-bian was linked to possible corruption. The political effect on President Chen Shui-bian was great, causing a divide in the DPP leadership and supporters alike. It eventually led to the creation of a political camp led by ex-DPP leader Shih Ming-teh which believes the president should resign. The KMT assets continue to be another major issue, as it was once the richest political party in the world.JOURNAL, Bristow, Michael, Wealth probe for 'world's richest' party
, 26 October 2001,weblink 12 November 2007, BBC News, harv NEWSPAPER=CHINA POST ACCESSDATE=29 MAY 2009, After completing his second term as President, Chen Shui-bian was charged with corruption and money laundering.HTTP://WWW.CHINAPOST.COM.TW/TAIWAN/NATIONAL/NATIONAL%20NEWS/2008/10/03/177135/CHEN-SHUI-BIAN.HTM >TITLE=CHEN SHUI-BIAN LIED ABOUT LIEN CHAN-ENDORSED CHECK DATE=3 OCTOBER 2008 Taipei Prison.WANG NEWSPAPER=TAIPEI TIMES TITLE=CHEN SHUI-BIAN BACKERS URGE IMMEDIATE RELEASE ACCESSDATE=13 AUGUST 2012, 26 July 2012, Taiwan's leaders, including President Tsai and Premier William Lai, have repeatedly accused China of spreading fake news via social media to create divisions in Taiwanese society, influence voters and support candidates more sympathetic to Beijing ahead of the 2018 Taiwanese local elections.NEWS, 'Fake news' rattles Taiwan ahead of elections,weblink Al-Jazeera, 23 November 2018, NEWS, Analysis: 'Fake news' fears grip Taiwan ahead of local polls,weblink BBC Monitoring, 21 November 2018, NEWS, Fake news: How China is interfering in Taiwanese democracy and what to do about it,weblink Taiwan News, 23 November 2018,

National identity

Roughly 84% of Taiwan's population descends from Han Chinese who migrated from Qing China between 1661 and 1895. Another significant fraction descends from Han Chinese who immigrated from mainland China in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The shared cultural origin combined with several hundred years of geographical separation, some hundred years of political separation and foreign influences, as well as hostility between the rival ROC and PRC have resulted in national identity being a contentious issue with political overtones. Since democratization and the lifting of martial law, a distinct Taiwanese identity (as opposed to Taiwanese identity as a subset of a Chinese identity) is often at the heart of political debates. Its acceptance makes the island distinct from mainland China, and therefore may be seen as a step towards forming a consensus for de jure Taiwan independence.BOOK, Shambaugh, David L., Power shift, University of California Press, 2006, 179–183, 978-0-520-24570-9, The pan-green camp supports a distinct Taiwanese identity, while the pan-blue camp supports a Chinese identity only. The KMT has downplayed this stance in the recent years and now supports a Taiwanese identity as part of a Chinese identity.NEWS,weblink No sign of a 'peace agreement', Okazaki, Hisahiko, 30 December 2008, Japan Times, 15 July 2009, For one thing, I believe there is recognition that the awareness of Taiwanese identity is now irreversible. The KMT government did things like rename the "Taiwan Post" to "Chunghwa Post" as soon as it came in. But it did not take much time to perceive that it would cause a backlash among the Taiwan populace. The cross-strait exchanges have also brought about opposition demonstrations from time to time. This appears to be one of the reasons for the abrupt decline in the approval rating of the Ma administration., NEWS,weblink 10 Questions: Ma Ying-jeou, 10 July 2006, Time, 15 July 2009, I am Taiwanese as well as Chinese., According to a survey conducted in March 2009, 49% of the respondents consider themselves as Taiwanese only, and 44% of the respondents consider themselves as Taiwanese and Chinese. 3% consider themselves as only Chinese.WEB,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 21 May 2009, TVBS, ECFA issues and the nationality identification, Another survey, conducted in Taiwan in July 2009, showed that 82.8% of respondents consider the ROC and the PRC as two separate countries with each developing on its own.WEB,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 29 April 2011, Survey on President Ma's Approval Rating and Cross-Strait Relations After First Year of Direct Flights, 24 July 2009, Global Views Survey Research Center, 3 December 2014, A survey conducted in December 2009 showed that 62% of the respondents consider themselves as Taiwanese only, and 22% of the respondents consider themselves as both Taiwanese and Chinese. 8% consider themselves as only Chinese. The survey also shows that among 18- to 29-year-old respondents, 75% consider themselves as Taiwanese only.WEB,weblink zh:天下雜誌民調顯示:6成1民眾擔心經濟傾中 7成5年輕人自認台灣人, Chinese, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 March 2010, In the latest survey conducted by National Chengchi University in 2014 and published in early 2015, 60.6% of respondents identified themselves exclusively as Taiwanese, 32.5% identified themselves as both Taiwanese and Chinese and 3.5% identified themselves as Chinese.{| class="wikitable"|+Percentage of Taiwanese residents who consider themselves Taiwanese, Chinese, or Taiwanese and Chinese according to various surveys.! Survey! Taiwanese! Chinese! Taiwanese and ChineseLAST2=CHEN DATE=26 JANUARY 2015 URL=HTTP://WWW.TAIPEITIMES.COM/NEWS/FRONT/ARCHIVES/2015/01/26/2003610092 P=1, 60.6%|3.5%|32.5%|TVBS Poll Center (October 2012)Quote: "Table 12: In Taiwan, some people identify themselves as Chinese, some identify themselves as Taiwan (sic). Do you identify yourself as Taiwanese or Chinese? (Do not prompt both Taiwanese and Chinese)"75%|15%|(not an option for this question)|TVBS Poll Center (October 2012)Quote: "Table 13: In Taiwan, some people identify themselves as Chinese, some identify themselves as Taiwan (sic). Do you identify yourself as Taiwanese, Chinese or both Taiwanese and Chinese?"55%|3%|37%|Common Wealth Magazine (December 2009)62%|8%|22%|Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan (April 2008)67.1%|13.6%|15.2%


{{See also|Republic of China Military Academy}}File:Kee Lung (DDG-1801) and Ma Kong (DDG-1805) shipped in Zhongzheng Naval Base 20130504b.jpg|thumb|Republic of China Navy alt=Two of the navy's present destroyers.File:Thunderbolt 2000 MLRS Side View 20111105a.jpg|thumb|Republic of China Army Thunderbolt-2000Thunderbolt-2000The Republic of China Army takes its roots in the National Revolutionary Army, which was established by Sun Yat-sen in 1925 in Guangdong with a goal of reunifying China under the Kuomintang. When the People's Liberation Army won the Chinese Civil War, much of the National Revolutionary Army retreated to Taiwan along with the government. It was later reformed into the Republic of China Army. Units which surrendered and remained in mainland China were either disbanded or incorporated into the People's Liberation Army.Today, Taiwan maintains a large and technologically advanced military, mainly as defence against the constant threat of invasion by the People's Liberation Army under the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. This law gives green light to the use of military force when certain Chinese Red Lines formulated in the Anti-Secession Law are crossed like endangering citizens of the People's Republic of China. From 1949 to the 1970s, the primary mission of the military was to "retake mainland China" through Project National Glory. As this mission has shifted to defence because the strength of People's Republic of China has massively increased, the ROC military has begun to shift emphasis from the traditionally dominant Army to the air force and navy.File:IDF Pre-production.jpg|thumb|Republic of China Air Force Indigenous Defense FighterIndigenous Defense FighterControl of the armed forces has also passed into the hands of the civilian government.JOURNAL, Fravel, M. Taylor, Towards Civilian Supremacy: Civil-Military Relations in Taiwans's Democratization, Armed Forces & Society, 2002, 29, 1, 57–84, 10.1177/0095327X0202900104,weblink NEWS,weblink Committed to Taiwan, The Wall Street Journal, 26 April 2001, 28 May 2009, As the ROC military shares historical roots with the KMT, the older generation of high-ranking officers tends to have Pan-Blue sympathies. However, many have retired and there are many more non-mainlanders enlisting in the armed forces in the younger generations, so the political leanings of the military have moved closer to the public norm in Taiwan.{{sfn|Swaine|Mulvenon|2001|p=65|ps=: "[...]the ROC military functioned until very recently as an instrument of KMT rule [...] the bulk of the officer corps is still composed of Mainlanders, many of whom allegedly continue to support the values and outlook of more conservative KMT and New Party members. This is viewed as especially the case among the senior officers of the ROC Army. Hence, many DPP leaders insist that the first step to building a more secure Taiwan is to bring the military more fully under civilian control, to remove the dominant influence of conservative KMT elements, and to reduce what is regarded as an excessive emphasis on the maintenance of inappropriate ground force capabilities, as opposed to more appropriate air and naval capabilities."}}The ROC began a force reduction program, Jingshi An (translated to streamlining program), to scale down its military from a level of 450,000 in 1997 to 380,000 in 2001.WEB,weblink Taiwan Yearbook 2004, Government Information Office, Republic of China, 28 May 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 6 January 2012, {{As of|2009}}, the armed forces of the ROC number approximately 300,000,WEB,weblink Women Take Command, Bishop, Mac William, 1 January 2004, Government Information Office, Republic of China, 5 June 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 28 April 2011, with nominal reserves totalling 3.6 million {{As of|2015|lc=y}}.WEB,weblink Taiwan Yearbook 2005, Government Information Office, Republic of China, 28 May 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 27 January 2010, Conscription remains universal for qualified males reaching age eighteen, but as a part of the reduction effort many are given the opportunity to fulfill their draft requirement through alternative service and are redirected to government agencies or defence related industries.NEWS,weblink ASIA-PACIFIC | Military alternative in Taiwan, BBC News, 1 May 2000, 28 May 2009, Current plans call for a transition to a predominantly professional army over the next decade.NEWS,weblink The myth: a professional military in five years, Taipei Times, 21 March 2009, 28 May 2009, NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 13 March 2009, Taiwan to end conscription, The Straits Times, 9 March 2009, 28 May 2009, Conscription periods are planned to decrease from 14 months to 12.NEWS,weblink Taiwan to shorten conscription term to one year, Central News Agency website, Taipei, 3 December 2008, 28 May 2009, In the last months of the Bush administration, Taipei took the decision to reverse the trend of declining defence spending, at a time when most Asian countries kept on reducing their military expenditures. It also decided to modernize both defensive and offensive capabilities. Taipei still keeps a large military apparatus relative to the island's population: defence expenditures for 2008 were NTD 334 billion (approximately US $10.5 billion), which accounted for 2.94% of GDP.File:ROCMC Forgmen Balance a Inflatable Boat Over Their Heads While Heading toward the Pier 20141123.jpg|thumb|left|Republic of China Marine CorpsRepublic of China Marine CorpsThe armed forces' primary concern at this time, according to the National Defense Report, is the possibility of an invasion by the PRC, consisting of a naval blockade, airborne assault, and/or missile bombardment. Four upgraded Kidd-class destroyers were purchased from the United States, and commissioned into the Republic of China Navy in 2005–2006, significantly upgrading Taiwan's air defence and submarine hunting abilities.NEWS, Kidd-class warships set sail for Taiwan, 31 October 2005, Taipei Times,weblink The Ministry of National Defense planned to purchase diesel-powered submarines and Patriot anti-missile batteries from the United States, but its budget has been stalled repeatedly by the opposition-Pan-Blue Coalition controlled legislature. The defence package was stalled from 2001 to 2007 where it was finally passed through the legislature and the US responded on 3 October 2008, with a $6.5 billion arms package including PAC III Anti-Air defence systems, AH-64D Apache Attack helicopters and other arms and parts.NEWS, Taiwanese leader hails weapons deal with US, 5 October 2008, The Washington Post,weblink Jane, Rickards, A significant amount of military hardware has been bought from the United States, and, {{As of|2009|lc=y}}, continues to be legally guaranteed by the Taiwan Relations Act. In the past, France and the Netherlands have also sold military weapons and hardware to the ROC, but they almost entirely stopped in the 1990s under pressure of the PRC.WEB,weblink France's Taiwan Policy: A Case of Shopkeeper Diplomacy, Cabestan, Jean-Pierre, 2001, CERI, 5 June 2009, By excluding the French companies from the bidding lists of many contract, Peking wanted above all to stop a growing trend (...) to disregard its objections and interests in the Taiwan issue. (...) In spite of the ban of arms sales to Taiwan approved by the French government in January 1994, discreet and small-sized deals have continued to be concluded since then., NEWS,weblink Taiwan trying to shore up weapons support, USA Today, 24 September 2004, 28 May 2009, File:ROCMP Guard at Hsinchu AFB 20120602.jpg|thumb|Republic of China Military Police is a separate branch in the armed forces. In the picture, a military policeman stands guard in Hsinchu Air BaseHsinchu Air BaseThe first line of defence against invasion by the PRC is the ROC's own armed forces. Current ROC military doctrine is to hold out against an invasion or blockade until the US military responds.BOOK, Swaine, Michael D., Michael D. Swaine, James C., Mulvenon, Taiwan's Foreign and Defense Policies: Features and Determinants, 2001,weblink PDF, 23 May 2015, RAND Corporation, 978-0-8330-3094-8, 2001, harv, There is, however, no guarantee in the Taiwan Relations Act or any other treaty that the United States will defend Taiwan, even in the event of invasion.NEWS, China Threat to Attack Taiwan Alarms Asia, 14 March 2005, Associated Press,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 11 April 2005, yes, The joint declaration on security between the US and Japan signed in 1996 may imply that Japan would be involved in any response. However, Japan has refused to stipulate whether the "area surrounding Japan" mentioned in the pact includes Taiwan, and the precise purpose of the pact is unclear.BOOK, Kapstein, Ethan B., Michael Mastanduno, Unipolar politics, Columbia University Press, 194, 978-0-231-11309-0,weblink 1999, The Japanese leadership openly split on whether a crisis in Taiwan was included in the geographic expression "area surrounding Japan." In the event, Japan refused to stipulate the contingencies under which it would provide rear area support for U.S. forces or even the geographic scope of the "area surrounding Japan". (...) The two sides have not articulated clearly what the alliance stands for, nor who it is defined to protect against., The Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty (ANZUS Treaty) may mean that other US allies, such as Australia, could theoretically be involved.JOURNAL, Tow, William, 2005, ANZUS: Regional versus Global Security in Asia?, International Relations in the Asia-Pacific, 5, 2, 197–216, 10.1093/irap/lci113, harv, In practice, the risk of losing economic ties with China may prevent Australia from taking action.NEWS,weblink China and Taiwan: flashpoint for a war, 14 July 2004, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 June 2009,

Administrative divisions

{{See also|History of the administrative divisions of the Republic of China (1912–49)}}{{Taiwan Labelled Map}}According to the 1947 constitution, the territory of the ROC is according to its "existing national boundaries".WEB,weblink Laws & Regulations Database of The Republic of China,, According to the Executive Yuan in 2012, Mongolia was re-recognized by Republic of China as an independent country when the constitution was announced in 1946.WEB,weblink 有關外蒙古是否為中華民國領土問題說明新聞參考資料, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, Taipei, 22 February 2017, When the ROC retreated to Taiwan in 1949, its claimed territory consisted of 35 provinces, 12 special municipalities, 1 special administrative region and 2 autonomous regions. However, since its retreat, the ROC has controlled only Taiwan Province and some islands of Fujian Province. The ROC also controls the Pratas Islands and Taiping Island in the Spratly Islands, which are part of the disputed South China Sea Islands. They were placed under Kaohsiung administration after the retreat to Taiwan.NEWS, World: Asia-Pacific Analysis: Flashpoint Spratly, 14 February 1999, BBC,weblink Since 1949, the government has made some changes in the area under its control. Taipei became a special municipality in 1967 and Kaohsiung in 1979. The two provincial governments were "streamlined", with their functions transferred to the central government (Fujian in 1956 and Taiwan in 1998).NEWS,weblink Taiwan Review, Gone with the Times, 1 October 1999, 13 April 2012, Hwang, Jim, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 26 February 2012, dmy-all, In 2010, New Taipei, Taichung and Tainan were upgraded to special municipalities. And in 2014, Taoyuan County was also upgraded to Taoyuan special municipality. This brought the top-level divisions to their current state:WEB,weblink 中華民國國情簡介 政府組織, Government Information Office, Taipei, 13 April 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2012, {|class=wikitable!Level!!1st!!2nd!!3rd!!4th!!5th style="text-align:center; height:5ex;"!rowspan=7|DivisiontypeSpecial municipality (Taiwan)( zhíxiáshì) (6)>District (Taiwan)>Mountain indigenous district{{nowrapyuánzhùmín qū) (6)}}Village (Taiwan)( lǐ)>Neighborhood( lín) style="text-align:center; height:5ex;"District (Taiwan)( qū) (164) align=centerProvince( shěng) (2)(Streamlined)bgcolor=ceb2cdProvincial city (Taiwan)>City( shì) (3) align=centerCounty (Taiwan)( xiàn) (13)>County-administered city( xiànxiáshì) (14) align=centerTownship (Taiwan)>Urban township( zhèn) (38) align=centerTownship (Taiwan)>Rural township( xiāng) (122)Village (Taiwan)( cūn) align=centerTownship (Taiwan)>Mountain indigenous township( shāndì xiāng) (24)!Total!!colspan=2|22!!368!!7,851!!147,785According to Article 4 of the Local Government Act, laws pertaining to special municipalities also apply to counties with a population exceeding 2 million. This provision does not currently apply to any county, although it previously applied to Taipei County (now New Taipei City) and Taoyuan County (now Taoyuan City).

Economy and industry

{{see also|North-south divide in Taiwan}}File:Sun Down (250260941).jpeg|thumb|190px|alt=Photo of Taipei 101 tower against a blue sky.The quick industrialization and rapid growth of Taiwan during the latter half of the 20th century has been called the "Taiwan Miracle". Taiwan is one of the "Four Asian Tigers" alongside Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore.Japanese rule prior to and during World War II brought changes in the public and private sectors, most notably in the area of public works, which enabled rapid communications and facilitated transport throughout much of the island. The Japanese also improved public education and made it compulsory for all residents of Taiwan.By 1945, hyperinflation was in progress in mainland China and Taiwan as a result of the war with Japan. To isolate Taiwan from it, the Nationalist government created a new currency area for the island, and began a price stabilization program. These efforts significantly slowed inflation.When the KMT government fled to Taiwan it brought millions of taels (where 1 tael = 37.5 g or ~1.2 ozt) of gold and the foreign currency reserve of mainland China, which, according to the KMT, stabilized prices and reduced hyperinflation.WEB, 6 April 2011, Gold Shipped to Taiwan in 1949 Helped Stabilize ROC on Taiwan,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 27 September 2011, Kuomintang News Network, 14 June 2011, Translated from NEWS, 王銘義, 5 April 2011, zh:1949年運台黃金 中華民國保命本, China Times,weblink 21 February 2015, Perhaps more importantly, as part of its retreat to Taiwan, the KMT brought the intellectual and business elites from Mainland China.BOOK, Roy, Denny, Taiwan: A Political History, Cornell University Press, 2003, Ithaca, NY, 76, 77, 978-0-8014-8805-4, The KMT government instituted many laws and land reforms that it had never effectively enacted on mainland China. The government also implemented a policy of import-substitution, attempting to produce imported goods domestically.In 1950, with the outbreak of the Korean War, the United States began an aid program which resulted in fully stabilized prices by 1952.{{harvnb|Makinen|Woodward|1989}}: "It was the fiscal regime change on Taiwan, as in the European episodes, that finally brought price stability. It was the aid program that brought the budget to near balance, and when the aid program reached its full proportions in 1952, prices stabilized." Economic development was encouraged by American economic aid and programs such as the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction, which turned the agricultural sector into the basis for later growth. Under the combined stimulus of the land reform and the agricultural development programs, agricultural production increased at an average annual rate of 4 per cent from 1952 to 1959, which was greater than the population growth, 3.6%.Ralph Clough, "Taiwan under Nationalist Rule, 1949–1982," in Roderick MacFarquar et al., ed., Cambridge History of China, Vol 15, The People's Republic Pt 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), p. 837In 1962, Taiwan had a (nominal) per-capita gross national product (GNP) of $170, placing its economy on a par with those of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis, its GDP per capita in the early 1960s was $1,353 (in 1990 prices). By 2011 per-capita GNP, adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), had risen to $37,000, contributing to a Human Development Index (HDI) equivalent to that of other developed countries. Taiwan's HDI in 2012 is 0.890, (23rd, very high), according to the UN's new "Inequality-adjusted HDI" calculation method.In 1974, Chiang Ching-kuo implemented the Ten Major Construction Projects, the beginning foundations that helped Taiwan transform into its current export driven economy. Since the 1990s, a number of Taiwan-based technology firms have expanded their reach around the world. Well-known international technology companies headquartered in Taiwan include personal computer manufacturers Acer Inc. and Asus, mobile phone maker HTC, as well as electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, which makes products for Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. Computex Taipei is a major computer expo, held since 1981.File:THSR 700T Modern High Speed Train.jpg|thumb|alt=Two THSR 700T trains|300|km/h|0|abbr=on}}, links Taipei and the southern port city of Kaohsiung in just 96 minutes.Today Taiwan has a dynamic, capitalist, export-driven economy with gradually decreasing state involvement in investment and foreign trade. In keeping with this trend, some large government-owned banks and industrial firms are being privatized.NEWS,weblink Privatization Set in Motion, Her, Kelly, 12 January 2005, Taiwan Review, 5 June 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2011, Real growth in GDP has averaged about 8% during the past three decades. Exports have provided the primary impetus for industrialization. The trade surplus is substantial, and foreign reserves are the world's fifth largest.WEB,weblink Reserves of foreign exchange and gold, World Fact Book, CIA, 4 September 2008, 3 January 2011,weblink 13 June 2007, no, Rank 5 Taiwan $274,700,000,000 31 December 2007, The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan dollar.Since the beginning of the 1990s, the economic ties between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China have been very prolific. {{As of|2008}}, more than US$150 billionNEWS,weblink Taiwan's Grand Hotel welcome for Chinese visitors, BBC News, 23 January 2010, Phil, Harding, have been invested in the PRC by Taiwanese companies, and about 10% of the Taiwanese labour force works in the PRC, often to run their own businesses.{{Harvnb|DoIT|2008|p=5}} "Notably, cross-strait political tensions have not prevented Taiwanese firms from investing heavily in China. The cross-strait investments now exceed US$ 100 billions. Four Taiwanese-owned firms rank among China's top 10 biggest exporters. 10% of the Taiwanese labor force now works in China." Although the economy of Taiwan benefits from this situation, some have expressed the view that the island has become increasingly dependent on the Mainland Chinese economy. A 2008 white paper by the Department of Industrial Technology states that "Taiwan should seek to maintain stable relation with China while continuing to protect national security, and avoiding excessive 'Sinicization' of Taiwanese economy."{{Harvnb|DoIT|2008|p=5}} "Although used-to-be-hostile tension between Taiwan and China has been eased to a certain degree, Taiwan should seek to maintain stable relation with China while continuing to protect national security, and avoiding excessive "Sinicization" of Taiwanese economy. Strategies to avoid excessive "Sinicization" of the Taiwanese economy could include efforts to increase geographic diversity of overseas Taiwanese employment, diversifying Taiwan's export markets and investment. " Others argue that close economic ties between Taiwan and Mainland China would make any military intervention by the PLA against Taiwan very costly, and therefore less probable.BBC News, "Taiwan Flashpoint", "Some Taiwanese worry their economy is now dependent on China. Others point out that closer business ties makes Chinese military action less likely, because of the cost to China's own economy."Taiwan's total trade in 2010 reached an all-time high of US$526.04 billion, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Finance. Both exports and imports for the year reached record levels, totalling US$274.64 billion and US$251.4 billion, respectively.NEWS, Wang, Audrey,weblink Taiwan's 2010 trade hits record high, Taiwan Today, 10 January 2011, File:Paddy field, Yilan 02.jpg|thumb|Rice paddy fields in Yilan County ]]In 2001, agriculture constituted only 2% of GDP, down from 35% in 1952.WEB,weblink US-Taiwan FTA would have limited impact,, 28 May 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 10 May 2006, Traditional labour-intensive industries are steadily being moved offshore and with more capital and technology-intensive industries replacing them. High-technology industrial parks have sprung up in every region in Taiwan. The ROC has become a major foreign investor in the PRC, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam. It is estimated that some 50,000 Taiwanese businesses and 1,000,000 businesspeople and their dependents are established in the PRC.NEWS, Morris, Peter, Taiwan business in China supports opposition, 4 February 2004, Asia Times Online,weblink Because of its conservative financial approach and its entrepreneurial strengths, Taiwan suffered little compared with many of its neighbours from the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Unlike its neighbours, South Korea and Japan, the Taiwanese economy is dominated by small and medium-sized businesses, rather than the large business groups. The global economic downturn, however, combined with poor policy co-ordination by the new administration and increasing bad debts in the banking system, pushed Taiwan into recession in 2001, the first whole year of negative growth since 1947. Due to the relocation of many manufacturing and labour-intensive industries to the PRC, unemployment also reached a level not seen since the 1970s oil crisis. This became a major issue in the 2004 presidential election. Growth averaged more than 4% in the 2002–2006 period and the unemployment rate fell below 4%.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 8 June 2009, Coping with Asian financial crisis: The Taiwan experience | Seoul Journal of Economics, Find Articles at BNET, 28 April 2009, 28 May 2009, The ROC often joins international organizations (especially ones that also include the People's Republic of China) under a politically neutral name. The ROC has been a member of governmental trade organizations such as the World Trade Organization under the name Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei) since 2002.WEB,weblink Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei) and the WTO, World Trade Organization, 7 June 2009,


File:China Airlines Lineup TPE.jpg|thumb|China Airlines aircraft line-up at Taoyuan International AirportTaoyuan International AirportThe Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China is the cabinet-level governing body of the transportation network in Taiwan. Taiwan has an extensive highway network, classified into five levels: national highways, provincial highways, county routes, township routes, and special routes, with the first four being common. Taiwan also has an extensive bus network, most of which are run by private bus companies. Inter-city rail services are provided by Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR). Rapid transit systems include the Taipei Metro, Taoyuan Metro (incl. the Airport MRT) and Kaohsiung MRT, while Taichung Metro is under construction. Major airports include Taiwan Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, Taipei Songshan and Taichung. There are currently seven airlines in Taiwan, the largest ones being China Airlines and EVA Air. There are four international seaports: Keelung, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Hualien.


{{See also|Scholarships in Taiwan}}The higher education system was established in Taiwan by Japan during the colonial period. However, after the Republic of China took over Taiwan from Japan in 1945, the system was promptly replaced by the same system as in mainland China which mixed with features of the Chinese and American educational systems.BOOK, Postiglione, Gerard A., Grace C. L. Mak, Asian higher education, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997, 346–348, 978-0-313-28901-9,weblink File:Neihu during 2015 winter solstice.jpg|thumb|Neihu Technology Park in Taipei]](File:Chutung Senior High School Guards Standing on Hukou Camp Ground before Performance 20111105 (cropped).JPG|thumb|Taiwanese school girls in 2011)Taiwan is well known for adhering to the Confucian paradigm of valuing education as a means to improve one's socioeconomic position in Taiwanese society.WEB,weblink Fears over over-education in Taiwan, 3 September 2012, The Australian, Heavy investment and a cultural value for education has catapulted the resource poor nation consistently atop the global education rankings. Taiwan is one of the top-performing countries in reading literacy, maths and sciences. In 2015, Taiwanese students achieved one of the world's best results in mathematics, science and literacy, as tested by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance.BOOK,weblink The latest ranking of top countries in math, reading, and science is out — and the US didn't crack the top 10, Kiersz, Andy, 16 December 2016, The strong scholastic and educational performance of Taiwanese students has prompted the nation to build a highly educated labour force that possesses a strong background in mathematics and science to cope with the current labor market demands of the 21st century.BOOK, Taiwan's Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, Garver, John, 2011, Routledge, The Taiwanese education system has been praised for various reasons including its comparatively high test results and its major role in ushering Taiwan's economic development while creating one of the world’s most highly educated workforces.WEB,weblink TIMSS Math 2003, WEB,weblink TIMSS Science 2003, The country has also been praised for its high university entrance rate where the university acceptance rate has increased from around 20 percent before the 1970s to 49 percent in 1996 and over 90 percent since 2006, among the highest in Asia.WEB,weblink Education in Taiwan: Taiwan’s Colleges and Universities, Chou, Chuing, 12 November 2014, The nation's high university entrance rate has created a highly skilled workforce making Taiwan one of the most highly educated countries in the world with 68.5% of Taiwanese high school students going on to attend university. Taiwan has a high percentage of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree where 45 percent of Taiwanese aged 25–64 hold a bachelor's degree or higher compared with the average of 33 percent among member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). On the other hand, the system has been criticized for placing excessive pressure on students and eschewing creativity in favor of rote memorization. In addition, the system has been criticized for producing an excess supply of over-educated university graduates and a higher unemployment rate. With a large supply of university graduates seeking a limited demand of prestigious white collar jobs in an environment that is increasingly losing its competitive edge has led many degree holders ending up with lower end jobs with salaries far beneath than their expectations.BOOK,weblink University degrees: Mindset shift needed, Lee, Pearl, The Straits Times, 13 April 2015, Taiwan’s universities have also been under criticism for not being able to fully meet the requirements and demands of Taiwan’s 21st century fast-moving job market citing a skills mismatch among a large number of self-assessed overeducated university graduates that don't fit the demands of the modern Taiwanese labor market.WEB,weblink Taiwan’s higher education enrolment starts a downward slide, 16 August 2016, ICEF Monitor, The Taiwanese government has also been criticized for undermining the economy as it has been unable to produce enough jobs to meet the demands of numerous underemployed university graduates.WEB,weblink The draw of blue collar jobs in Taiwan, Sui, Cindy, 23 September 2013, As the Taiwanese economy is largely science and technology based, the labor market demands people who have achieved some form of higher education, particularly related to science and engineering in order to gain a competitive edge when searching for employment. Although current Taiwanese law mandates only nine years of schooling, 95% of junior high graduates go on to attend a senior vocational high school, university, junior college, trade school, or other higher education institution.{{citation needed|date=February 2017}}Many Taiwanese students attend cram schools, or bushiban, to improve skills and knowledge on problem solving against exams of subjects like mathematics, nature science, history and many others. Courses are available for most popular subjects. Lessons are organized in lectures, reviews, private tutorial sessions, and recitations.WEB,weblink Over 70% of Taiwanese parents send kids to English bushibans, Invest in Taiwan, Department of Investment Services, 2 September 2005, 28 May 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 8 June 2008, BOOK, C. Smith, Douglas, Middle education in the Middle Kingdom, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997, 119,weblink 978-0-275-95641-7, {{As of|2013}}, the literacy rate in Taiwan is 97.15%.{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=36}}


Taiwan has a population of about 23.4 million,{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=36}} most of whom are on the island proper. The remainder live on Penghu (101,758), Kinmen (127,723), and Matsu (12,506).

Ethnic groups

File:艋舺龍山寺 臺北市 直轄市定古蹟寺廟 Venation 1.JPG|thumb|Han Chinese praying at the Lungshan Temple of MankaLungshan Temple of MankaFile:Tao14.jpg|thumb|Tao dancers in traditional aboriginal dress]]The ROC government reports that over 95% of the population is Han Chinese, of which the majority includes descendants of early Han Chinese immigrants who arrived in Taiwan in large numbers starting in the 18th century. Alternatively, the ethnic groups of Taiwan may be roughly divided among the Hoklo (70%), the Hakka (14%), the Waishengren (14%), and indigenous peoples (2%).The Hoklo people are the largest Han subgroup (70% of the total population), whose ancestors migrated from the coastal southern Fujian region across the Taiwan Strait starting in the 17th century. The Hakka comprise about 15% of the total population, and descend from Han migrants to Guangdong, its surrounding areas and Taiwan. Additional people of Han origin include and descend from the 2 million Nationalists who fled to Taiwan following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949.The indigenous Taiwanese aborigines number about 533,600 and are divided into 16 recognized groups.{{sfnp|Exec. Yuan|2014|p=49}} The Ami, Atayal, Bunun, Kanakanavu, Kavalan, Paiwan, Puyuma, Rukai, Saisiyat, Saaroa, Sakizaya, Sediq, Thao, Truku and Tsou live mostly in the eastern half of the island, while the Yami inhabit Orchid Island.WEB,weblink Indigenous People, MOI Statistical Information Service, February 2012, 14 April 2012, WEB, An Overview of Taiwan's Indigenous Groups,weblink Government Information Office, Taipei, 2006, 14 April 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 11 April 2012,


Mandarin is the official national language and is spoken by the vast majority of the population of Taiwan. It has been the primary language of instruction in schools since the end of Japanese rule. As in Hong Kong and Macau, Traditional Chinese is used as the writing system in Taiwan.BOOK, The Republic of China Yearbook 2011, Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan), Chapter 2: People and Language,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2012, The 70% of the population belonging to the Hoklo ethnic group speak Taiwanese Hokkien (a variant of the Min Nan speech of Fujian province) as their mother tongue, in addition to Mandarin, and many others have some degree of understanding. The Hakka ethnic group (15% of the population) use Hakka Chinese. Most waishengren speak primarily Mandarin. Although Mandarin is the language of instruction in schools and dominates television and radio, non-Mandarin Chinese varieties have undergone a revival in public life in Taiwan, particularly since restrictions on their use were lifted in the 1990s.Taiwan's indigenous languages, the Formosan languages, do not belong to the Chinese or Sino-Tibetan language family, but rather to the Austronesian language family. Their use among Taiwan's aboriginal minority groups has been in decline as usage of Mandarin has risen. Of the 14 extant languages, five are considered moribund.JOURNAL, The Formosan Language Archive: Linguistic Analysis and Language Processing, Zeitoun, Elizabeth, Yu, Ching-Hua, Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing, 10, 2, 168,weblink 4 August 2012,


{{Update|section|date=July 2018}}{{Pie chart|thumb = right|caption = Religion in Taiwan (2005 census)Buddhism in Taiwan>Buddhism|value1 = 35.1|color1 = Yellow|label2 = Taoism|value2 = 33.0|color2 = CrimsonIrreligion>Non-religious|value3 = 18.7|color3 = Honeydew|label4 = Christianity|value4 = 3.9|color4 = DodgerBlueYiguandao (Xiantiandao>XTD)|value5 = 3.5|color5 = GreenYellowTiandism (Xiantiandao>XTD)|value6 = 2.2|color6 = ChartreuseMiledadao (Xiantiandao>XTD)|value7 = 1.1|color7 = Lime|label8 = Zailiism|value8 = 0.8|color8 = SlateBlue|label9 = Xuanyuanism|value9 = 0.7|color9 = DarkSlateBlue|label10 = Other or undeclared|value10 = 1|color10 = HotPink}}The Constitution of the Republic of China protects people's freedom of religion and the practices of belief.WIKISOURCE, Constitution of the Republic of China, Chapter II, Article 13, The people shall have freedom of religious belief, There are approximately 18,718,600 religious followers in Taiwan {{As of|2005|lc=y}} (81.3% of total population) and 14–18% are non-religious. According to the 2005 census, of the 26 religions recognized by the ROC government, the five largest are: Buddhism (8,086,000 or 35.1%), Taoism (7,600,000 or 33%), Yiguandao (810,000 or 3.5%), Protestantism (605,000 or 2.6%), and Roman Catholicism (298,000 or 1.3%).WEB, Taiwan Yearbook 2006, Government of Information Office, 2006,weblink 1 September 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 8 July 2007, The CIA World Factbook reports that over 93% of Taiwanese are adherents of a combination of the polytheistic Chinese popular religion, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism; 4.5% are adherents of Christianity, which includes Protestants, Catholics, and other, non-denominational, Christian groups; and less than 2.5% are adherents of other religions.WEB, Taiwan: International Religious Freedom Report 2010,weblink US Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 17 November 2010, 17 March 2012, Taiwanese aborigines comprise a notable subgroup among professing Christians: "...over 64% identify as Christian... Church buildings are the most obvious markers of Aboriginal villages, distinguishing them from Taiwanese or Hakka villages."Stainton, Michael (2002). weblink" title="">"Presbyterians and the Aboriginal Revitalization Movement in Taiwan". Cultural Survival Quarterly 26.2, 5 May 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2014. There has been a Muslim Hui community in Taiwan since the 17th century.NEWS, Islam in Taiwan: Lost in tradition,weblink Al-Jazeera, 31 December 2014, Confucianism is a philosophy that deals with secular moral ethics, and serves as the foundation of both Chinese and Taiwanese culture. The majority of Taiwanese people usually combine the secular moral teachings of Confucianism with whatever religions they are affiliated with.{{As of|2009}}, there were 14,993 temples in Taiwan, approximately one place of worship per 1,500 residents. 9,202 of those temples were dedicated to Taoism. In 2008, Taiwan had 3,262 Churches, an increase of 145.weblink" title="">"15,000 temples", Taiwan News, 28 July 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2012.

Largest cities and counties

The figures below are the 2011 estimates for the twenty most populous administrative divisions; a different ranking exists when considering the total metropolitan area populations (in such rankings the Taipei-Keelung metro area is by far the largest agglomeration).{{Largest cities of the Republic of China (Taiwan)}}{{clear}}

Public health

{{update|section|date=November 2013}}File:National Taiwan University Hospital Taipei.jpg|thumb|National Taiwan University HospitalNational Taiwan University HospitalHealth care in Taiwan is managed by the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI).NEWS, Bureau of National Health Insurance, 18 July 2006, Taiwan BNHI,weblink The current program was implemented in 1995, and is considered to be a form of social insurance. The government health insurance program maintains compulsory insurance for citizens who are employed, impoverished, unemployed, or victims of natural disasters with fees that correlate to the individual and/or family income; it also maintains protection for non-citizens working in Taiwan. A standardized method of calculation applies to all persons and can optionally be paid by an employer or by individual contributions.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 23 August 2007, Bureau of National Health Insurance-National Health Insurance Act, Bureau of National Health Insurance, ROC, 28 May 2009, BNHI insurance coverage requires co-payment at the time of service for most services unless it is a preventative health service, for low-income families, veterans, children under three years old, or in the case of catastrophic diseases. Low income households maintain 100% premium coverage by the BNHI and co-pays are reduced for disabled or certain elderly people.{{citation needed|date=March 2013}}According to a recently published survey, out of 3,360 patients surveyed at a randomly chosen hospital, 75.1% of the patients said they are "very satisfied" with the hospital service; 20.5% said they are "okay" with the service. Only 4.4% of the patients said they are either "not satisfied" or "very not satisfied" with the service or care provided.NEWS, Taiwanese Hospital Public Satisfaction Poll, October 2004, Taiwan Department of Health,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 21 September 2009, Chinese, Taiwan has its own Center for Disease Control, and during the SARS outbreak in March 2003 there were 347 confirmed cases. During the outbreak the Centers for Disease Control and local governments set up monitored stations throughout public transportation, recreational sites and other public areas. With full containment in July 2003, there has not been a case of SARS since.NEWS, Center for Disease Control, 18 July 2006, Taiwan CDC,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink 7 August 2016, {{As of|2006}}, the BNHI Facility Contract Distribution facilities total 17,259, including:NEWS, Bureau of National Health Insurance Full Summary, 18 July 2006, Taiwan BNHI,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 8 February 2006, PDF, {| class="wikitable"|+! Number !!Subject 16,174 outpatient-only facilities 5,701 dental clinics 2,422 Chinese medicine clinics 1,085 inpatient/outpatient facilities 437 local community hospitals 35 Chinese medicine hospitals 123 academic medical centersBasic coverage areas of the insurance include:{hide}columns|width=280px|col1 =
  • In-patient care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Laboratory tests
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Dental services|col2 =
  • Mental Illness
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Home care
  • Preventative services (check-ups, prenatal care, pap smears)
{edih}In 2004, the infant mortality rate was 5.3 with 15 physicians and 63 hospital beds per 10,000 people. The life expectancy for males was 73.5 years and 79.7 years for females according to the World Health Report.In July 2013, the Department of Health was restructured as the Ministry of Health and Welfare.NEWS, Ministry of Health and Welfare completes restructuring, 24 July 2013, Hsiao, Alison, Taipei Times,weblink 5 November 2013, {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"!Period!Life expectancy inYears!Period!Life expectancy inYears|1950–1955|58.2|1985–1990|73.4|1955–1960|62.9|1990–1995|74.4|1960–1965|65.0|1995–2000|75.2|1965–1970|66.9|2000–2005|76.9|1970–1975|69.4|2005–2010|78.2|1975–1980|70.8|2010–2015|79.2|1980–1985|72.1||Source: UN World Population ProspectsWEB, World Population Prospects – Population Division – United Nations,weblink 2017-07-15,


{{See also|Taiwanese Wave}}File:taiwan.nch.ntnu.apo-hsu.2005-10a.altonthompson.jpg|thumb|Apo Hsu and the NTNU Symphony Orchestra on stage in the National Concert Hall ]] The cultures of Taiwan are a hybrid blend of various sources, incorporating elements of traditional Chinese culture, attributable to the historical and ancestral origin of the majority of its current residents, Japanese culture, traditional Confucianist beliefs, and increasingly Western values.After their move to Taiwan, the Kuomintang imposed an official interpretation of traditional Chinese culture over Taiwan. The government launched a program promoting Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, folk art, and Chinese opera.{{citation needed|date=March 2013}}The status of Taiwanese culture is debated.{{harvnb|Yip|2004|pp=230–248}}; {{harvnb|Makeham|2005|pp=2–8}}; {{harvnb|Chang|2005|p=224}} It is disputed whether Taiwanese culture is a regional form of Chinese culture or a distinct culture. Reflecting the continuing controversy surrounding the political status of Taiwan, politics continues to play a role in the conception and development of a Taiwanese cultural identity, especially in the prior dominant frame of a Taiwanese and Chinese dualism. In recent years, the concept of Taiwanese multiculturalism has been proposed as a relatively apolitical alternative view, which has allowed for the inclusion of mainlanders and other minority groups into the continuing re-definition of Taiwanese culture as collectively held systems of meaning and customary patterns of thought and behaviour shared by the people of Taiwan.{{harvnb|Hsiau|2005|pp=125–129}}; {{harvnb|Winckler|1994|pp=23–41}} Identity politics, along with the over one hundred years of political separation from mainland China, has led to distinct traditions in many areas, including cuisine and music.File:2008TIBE Day1 Hall1 Opening TouhWang.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Wang TuohWang TuohOne of Taiwan's greatest attractions is the National Palace Museum, which houses more than 650,000 pieces of Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy, painting, and porcelain and is considered one of the greatest collections of Chinese art and objects in the world.ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink Museum, 28 October 2009,, The KMT moved this collection from the Forbidden City in Beijing in 1933 and part of the collection was eventually transported to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. The collection, estimated to be one-tenth of China's cultural treasures, is so extensive that only 1% is on display at any time. The PRC had said that the collection was stolen and has called for its return, but the ROC has long defended its control of the collection as a necessary act to protect the pieces from destruction, especially during the Cultural Revolution. Relations regarding this treasure have warmed recently; Beijing Palace Museum Curator Zheng Xinmiao said that artefacts in both Chinese and Taiwanese museums are "China's cultural heritage jointly owned by people across the Taiwan Strait."NEWS
, Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties
, Agence France-Presse
, 22 September 2010,weblink 9 October 2010
The classical music culture in Taiwan is highly developed and features artists such as violinist Cho-Liang Lin, pianist Ching-Yun Hu, and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Artist Director Wu Han. Karaoke, drawn from contemporary Japanese culture, is extremely popular in Taiwan, where it is known as KTV. KTV businesses operate in a hotel-like style, renting out small rooms and ballrooms varying on the number of guests in a group. Many KTV establishments partner with restaurants and buffets to form all-encompassing elaborate evening affairs for families, friends, or businessmen. Tour buses that travel around Taiwan have several TV's, equipped not for watching movies, but primarily for singing Karaoke. The entertainment counterpart of a KTV is an MTV, being found much less frequently out of the city. There, movies out on DVD can be selected and played in a private theatre room. However, MTV, more so than KTV, has a growing reputation for being a place that young couples will go to be alone and intimate.Taiwan has a high density of 24-hour convenience stores, which, in addition to the usual services, provide services on behalf of financial institutions or government agencies such as collection of parking fees, utility bills, traffic violation fines, and credit card payments.JOURNAL, American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, Convenience Stores Aim at Differentiation, Taiwan Business Topics, 34, 11,weblink  â€“ Scholar search, harv, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 16 May 2008, They also provide a service for mailing packages.Taiwanese culture has also influenced other cultures. Bubble tea and milk tea are available in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Taiwanese television shows are popular in Singapore, Malaysia, and other Asian countries. Taiwanese films have won various international awards at film festivals around the world. Ang Lee, a Taiwanese director, has directed critically acclaimed films such as: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Eat Drink Man Woman; Sense and Sensibility; Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi; and Lust, Caution. Other famous Taiwanese directors include Tsai Ming-liang, Edward Yang, and Hou Hsiao-hsien.


File:2011 Women's British Open - Tseng Yani (7) cropped.jpg|upright|thumb|right|Yani TsengYani TsengBaseball is Taiwan's national sport and it is a popular spectator sport. Two of the most famous Taiwanese baseball pitchers are Chien-Ming Wang and Wei-Yin Chen; both are pitchers in Major League Baseball. Other notable players playing in the United States include Chin-hui Tsao who played for the Colorado Rockies (2003–2005) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2007, 2015–2016), Hong-Chih Kuo, Fu-Te Ni, and Chin-lung Hu. The Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan was established in 1989,WEB,weblink" title="">weblinkweblink 16 March 2009, Intro of CPBL,, 3 December 2014, and eventually absorbed the competing Taiwan Major League in 2003. {{As of|2015}}, the CPBL has four teams with average attendance over 5,000 per game.WEB,weblink Pro Baseball Leagues open 2016 seasons worldwide – approx. 150 million fans expected, WBSC, 17 April 2016, 11 September 2016, Besides baseball, basketball is Taiwan's other major sport.NEWS, Audrey, Wang, A Passion for Hoops, 1 June 2008, Taiwan Review,weblink The Taiwan Review, 8 April 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 15 February 2012, dmy-all, Taekwondo has also become a mature and successful sport in recent years. In the 2004 Olympics, Chen Shih-hsin and Chu Mu-yen won the first two gold medals in women's flyweight event and men's flyweight event, respectively. Subsequent taekwondo competitors such as Yang Shu-chun have strengthened Taiwan's taekwondo culture.Taiwan participates in international sporting organizations and events under the name of "Chinese Taipei" due to its political status. In 2009, Taiwan hosted two international sporting events on the island. The World Games 2009 were held in Kaohsiung between 16 and 26 July 2009. Taipei hosted the 21st Summer Deaflympics in September of the same year. Furthermore, Taipei hosted the Summer Universiade in 2017.NEWS, Christie, Chen, UNIVERSIADE: Foreign athletes praise Taipei's efforts as host city, 30 August 2017, Focus Taiwan,weblink 25 May 2018, Taiwan is also a major Asian country for Korfball. In 2008, Taiwan hosted the World Youth Korfball Championship and took the silver medal.NEWS, Netherlands Retains World Youth Korfball Champion; Taiwan is on the Way to the World..,weblinkweblink yes, 3 February 2012, 14 June 2011, Reuters Newswire, 8 November 2008, In 2009, Taiwan's korfball team won a bronze medal at the World Game.NEWS, Hazeldine, Richard, Jujitsu, korfball put Taiwan back on winning track,weblink 14 June 2011, Taipei Times, 22 July 2009, Yani Tseng is the most famous Taiwanese professional golfer currently playing on the US-based LPGA Tour. She is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships and was ranked number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013.NEWS, At Only 22, Tseng Wins Fifth Major,weblink 1 August 2011, Associated Press, The New York Times, NEWS, Victorious Tseng takes No. 1 ranking,weblink 14 February 2011, Agence France-Presse, Taipei Times, NEWS,weblink Stacy Lewis wins, now No. 1 in world, Associated Press, 17 March 2013, ESPN, 21 March 2013,


{{See also|Chinese calendar|Public holidays in Taiwan}}File:ROC calendar.jpg|thumb|upright|right|A calendar that commemorates the first year of the Republic as well as the election of alt=A calendar with a picture of a Chinese man in the centre. On top of it stands a flag with five horizontal stripes (red, yellow, blue, white, and black).Taiwan uses two official calendars: the Gregorian calendar and the Minguo calendar. The latter numbers years starting from 1911, the year of the founding of the Republic of China. For example, 2007 was the "96th year of the Republic" (民國96å¹´),WEB, Lotta Danielsson-Murphy,weblink Taiwan Calendar and Holidays, US-Taiwan Business Council, 28 May 2009, while its months and days were numbered according to the Gregorian calendar.Usually, year numbering may use the Gregorian system as well as the ROC era system. For example, 3 May 2004, may be written 2004-05-03 or 93-05-03. The use of two different calendar systems in Taiwan may be confusing, in particular for foreigners. For instance, products for export marked using the Minguo calendar can be misunderstood as having an expiration date 11 years earlier than intended.NEWS,weblink Taiwan may drop idiosyncratic Republican calendar, Taipei Times, 25 February 2006, 28 May 2009, Taiwan also uses the lunar calendar for traditional festivals such as the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival.WEB,weblink Holidays and Festivals in Taiwan, Government Information Office, ROC, 28 May 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 9 October 2009,

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  • JOURNAL, Soares, Pedro, Mormina, Maru, Macaulay, Vincent, Clarke, Dougie, Blumbach, Petya B., Vizuete-Forster, Matthieu, Forster, Peter, Bulbeck, David, January 2007, A Mitochondrial Stratigraphy for Island Southeast Asia, The American Journal of Human Genetics, 80, 1, 29–43, 10.1086/510412, 1876738, 17160892, harv, Hill, Catherine, Oppenheimer, Stephen, Richards, Martin,
  • JOURNAL, The earliest eyewitness accounts of the Formosan aborigines, Lawrence G., Thompson, Monumenta Serica, 23, 163–204, 1964, 40726116, harv,
  • BOOK, Formosa under the Dutch: described from contemporary records, with explanatory notes and a bibliography of the island, Valentijn, François, Kegan Paul, 1903, Campbell, William, London, 25–75, History of the Dutch Trade, 644323041, harv, First published 1724 in Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën, François Valentijn,weblink William Campbell (missionary),
  • CONFERENCE, Winckler, Edwin, 1994, Cultural Policy in Postwar Taiwan, Harrell, Stevan, Huang, Chun-chieh, Cultural Change in Postwar Taiwan ( 10–14 April 1991; Seattle), Westview Press, Boulder, Colo., 978-0-8133-8632-4, harv,
  • BOOK, Envisioning Taiwan: Fiction, Cinema and the Nation in the Cultural Imaginary, Yip, June, Duke University Press, 2004, 978-0-8223-3357-9, harv, Durham, N.C. and London,

Further reading

  • NEWS,weblink BBC News, Taiwan Flashpoint, 2005,
  • BOOK, Bush, R., O'Hanlon, M., A War Like No Other: The Truth About China's Challenge to America, Wiley, 2007, 978-0-471-98677-5,
  • BOOK, Bush, R., Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait, Brookings Institution Press, 2006, 978-0-8157-1290-9,
  • BOOK, Carpenter, T., America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, 978-1-4039-6841-8,
  • BOOK, Clark, Cal, Tan, Alexander C., Taiwan's Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress, 2012, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 978-1-58826-806-8,
  • BOOK, Cole, B., Taiwan's Security: History and Prospects, Routledge, 2006, 978-0-415-36581-9,
  • BOOK, Copper, J., Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan, Praeger Security International General Interest, 2006, 978-0-275-98888-3,
  • Copper, John F. ed. Historical dictionary of Taiwan (1993) online
  • WEB, Federation of American Scientists, Chinese Nuclear Forces and US Nuclear War Planning, 2006,weblink etal,
  • BOOK, Feuerwerker, Albert, The Chinese Economy, 1912–1949, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1968,
  • Fravel, M. Taylor (2002) "Towards Civilian Supremacy: Civil-military Relations in Taiwan's Democratization", Armed Forces & Society 29, no. 1: 57–84
  • BOOK, Gill, B., Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy, Brookings Institution Press, 2007, 978-0-8157-3146-7,
  • BOOK, Shirk, S., China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise, Oxford University Press, 2007, 978-0-19-530609-5,
  • BOOK, Tsang, S., If China Attacks Taiwan: Military Strategy, Politics and Economics, Routledge, 2006, 978-0-415-40785-4,
  • BOOK, Tucker, N.B., Dangerous Strait: the US-Taiwan-China Crisis, Columbia University Press, 2005, 978-0-231-13564-1,

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