Located in the Pacific Ocean right off of the coast of China is the country of Taiwan. Although Taiwan is a relatively small country--only marginally bigger than Belgium--it does have a rich history and many interesting facts to offer. The following lists five things you probably did not know about Taiwan but should:
5 Facts You Might Not Know
The capital of Taiwan
Although baseball may be a slowly fading national sport in the United States, in Taiwan, baseball is their prime national sport. In fact, Taiwan won the Little League World Series in 1996, held in of all places, the United States. Like many other countries, talented Taiwanese baseball players often leave their home country to compete in more financially lucrative places like Japan, Canada, and the United States.
With such an international emphasis of spreading democracy throughout the world, Taiwan has proven to be a valuable ally. Specifically, Taiwan was the first country in Asia to create a democratic government. Also known as the Republic of China, Taiwan should not be confused with China, who is governed by the People's Republic. Interestingly, the People's Republic is explicit in not recognizing any country who in turn diplomatically recognizes Taiwan.
The United Nations currently has 192 members. However, Taiwan is not one of those members. Although the Taiwanese government would like to join the UN, political analysts believe this may never happen due in large part to China's permanent spot on the Security Council. The rift between China and Taiwan is undoubtedly a result of the Chinese Civil War.
Like China, Taiwan manufactures a lot of products used by US citizens everyday. Perhaps their most notable contribution is in the field of electronics. Companies like ASUS, ACER, and HTC are from Taiwan. These products are known for their cost efficiency, because they often provide quality electronics at a lower market price range.
As mentioned before, Taiwan can also be called the Republic of China, but this is not its only name. Taiwan has also been known by 'Ilha Formosa, which means 'beautiful island.' Taiwan was given this name in the sixteenth century by sailors from Portugal.
Flag of Taiwan
Taiwan belongs to the Asian continent
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Airports in Taiwan
Chung-cheng Kuo-chi Chi-ch'ang
Chinmem - Shatou Air Force Base
Pingtung South Air Force Base
Feng Nin Tw-Afb
Kaohsiung International Airport
Pingtung North Air Force Base
Leaders of Taiwan
List of seas in Taiwan
East China Sea
and the P'eng-hu Wan
Map of Taiwan
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Animals in Taiwan
Airlines in Taiwan
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Taiwan
23 30 N, 121 00 E
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
3,720 square kilometers
8.97 / 1000 population
6.54 / 1000 population
NA sq km
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