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WHAT & WHY IS TAIWAN?

 為什麼是台灣
GENERAL INFO 台灣概況

Taiwan is home to more than 23 million people, and the total area of the country is 36,000 kilometers(14,400 square miles). It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends. It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China – an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.

The island enjoys warm weather all year round,as the annual average temperature is a comfortable 22℃ with the lowest temperatures on the lowlands generally ranging from 12 to 17℃ (54-63 ℉). The rainy season usually falls in March to May, continuously drizzling rain will sometimes fall on Taiwan.

The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese; but because many Taiwanese are of southern Fujianese (福建) descent, Minnan (the Southern Min dialect, 閩南方言 or Heluo,河洛話) is also widely spoken. The smaller groups of Hakka (客家) people and indigenous tribes have also preserved their own languages. Many elderly people can also speak some Japanese, as they were subjected to Japanese education before Taiwan was returned to Chinese rule in 1945 after the Japanese occupation, which lasted for half a century. Also, there are lots of migrant workers from Southeastern Asia. As for religions, there are about 90% of people believing in Buddhism and Taoism, and 5% of people believing in Christianity or Islam.

POLITICS
 政治 ​
The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), is a female-politician leader who led her country into its current economic growth and prosperity; also, she is the first woman to be elected to the office.

Taiwan, under the leadership of Tsai, is trying to develop its relations with the Arab countries, where the Arab world is an important partner of Taiwan.

President Tsai studied law and international trade in Taiwan, the United States; and later on, she got her PhD in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tsai secured for her people a strong economy based on knowledge, innovation and adoption of the strategy of production and technology.

Taiwan, under the leadership of Tsai, is trying to develop its relations with the Arab countries, where the Arab world is an important partner of Taiwan, which is taking a steady step towards peaceful development in its efforts to promote solidarity and cooperation with the Arab countries.

And establish a new kind of business relationship based on mutual win-win cooperation.

INDUSTRY HISTORY 工業發展史

The quick industrialization and rapid growth of Taiwan during the latter half of the 20th century has been called the “Taiwan Miracle”. Taiwan’s per capita income was about US$6346 in 2018, while the economic growth rate was 2.6% and GDP was $589,369 million USD. Taiwan is one of the “Four Asian Dragons” alongside Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. Economy in Taiwan is now transformed into a knowledge-based, high skill levels and innovative industries.

In 2018, Taiwan’s economic growth rate was 2.6%, the gross domestic product (GDP) was $589,369 million USD, with an average per capita GDP of $25,000 USD,the gross national income (GNI) was $600,039 million USD, with an average per capita GNI of $25,451 USD. In terms of commodity prices, the consumer price index decreased 0.05% this December (2018) in comparison to the last year. As for the employment situation, the average number of employed is 11.48 million people as of this December (2018); the average unemployment rate is 3.66%.

The Taiwanese economy is one of the Four Asian Dragons, and has the highest export status in the world. In the 1970s, Taiwan implemented the ten major projects and laid the foundation for the development of heavy industries. Taiwan has been involved in industry, especially light industries, manufacturing, and started shipbuilding in 1976. Production and technology, and represents the most important achievement of the Taiwanese experience in its development model, which has made progress leading to the industrialization stage.

Economy in Taiwan is now transformed into a knowledge-based and innovative economy by adopting a strategy. In recent years, it has started to establish large capital-based industries, high skill levels, establishment of scientific research centers and attracting technology experts.

REPRESENTATIVE COMPANIES 代表企業

There are many world famous Taiwanese companies, including Foxconn, Pegatron, TSMC, Evergreen-Yang Ming, Quanta Computer and Cathay Life Insurance. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy and notable companies with primary headquarters located in Taiwan are: Adata, Acer, Adly, Asus…etc.

Taiwan has Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic components, most notably the BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, IPod, Play Station, Xbox One. The largest maritime companies in the world, Evergreen-Yang Ming, is also a Taiwanese business. Lists of the largest Taiwanese firms which are ranked in the Fortune Global 500 are: Foxconn, Pegatron, TSMC, Quanta Computer and Cathay Life Insurance. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy and notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country are: Adata, Acer, Adly, Asus…etc.

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