One of Asia's few functioning democracy Taiwan has
one of the strongest economy. But for the island's 23 million people, the
future is overshadowed by an unresolved dispute with China.
the island as a breakaway province which should be reunified, by force if
necessary. Hundreds of Chinese missiles now aim across the Taiwan Strait to
bring home the point.
are used to dealing with this fraught relationship, and closer economic ties
may eventually make conflict less likely. But until that happens, any
flare-up over Taiwan would have much wider implications. Most importantly,
it could quickly suck the US into conflict with China, because of US
security assurances to Taiwan.
composed of the main island of Taiwan and the Penghu Archipelago, which is
made up of 64 islands and 21 other smaller islands. It sits astride the
Tropic of Cancer, off the coast of mainland China in the South China Sea,
separated by the Taiwan Strait,..........
has distinct north and south weather. While the south enjoys a tropical,
oceanic climate, the north is semi-tropical at mountain altitudes, with a
touch of snow.............
historical background has provided Taiwan with a multifaceted culture You
will most certainly be amazed at the diversity of things this beautiful
island has to offer. People from many different places and backgrounds, such
as Taiwan's indigenous people, the southern Fujian’s...........
The aboriginal people of Taiwan
who originated in Austronesia and southern China, have lived on Taiwan for
12,000 to 15,000 years. Significant migration to Taiwan from the Chinese
mainland began as early as A.D. 500. Dutch traders first claimed the island
in 1624 as a base for Dutch commerce with Japan and the China coast............