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Island off the southeast coast of China, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Mínguó

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. 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.

Geographical type: Island

Latitude: 23.5° N — Longitude: 121° E

Area: 36,193 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: TW

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 8.68, Rank: 19, Personal Freedom: 9.14, Economic Freedom: 8.02
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.65, Rank: 23
Taiwan | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 89, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 2
President Ma Ying-jeou and the ruling nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party continued to pursue closer ties with China in 2015. However, a controversial 2013 trade agreement that would open up their respective service sectors remained stalled in the legislature at year's end. When the Ma administration sought to expedite passage of the accord in 2014, student-led protests that became known as the Sunflower Movement successfully blocked the effort.


Along Pennsylvania Avenue, by Murray N. Rothbard, Faith and Freedom, Mar 1955
Discusses alternatives to dealing with the 1955 Taiwan Strait crisis and the response in the U.S. Congress and by General MacArthur, the Wolf Ladejinsky case and Federal Government budget estimates
America now teeters close to the brink of World War III. The Formosan question may set off the explosion. The Formosa problem has been allowed to sputter, until it now threatens to ignite what could be Earth's last war. ... To protect Japan and the Philippines, we must defend Formosa. To protect Formosa we must defend the Pescadores. To protect the Pescadores, we must defend Quemoy, an island three miles off the Chinese mainland. To protect Quemoy we must equip Chiang's troops for an invasion of the mainland. Where does this process end? Logically, never. The trouble with this doctrine is that it doesn't work one way.
Related Topics: China, Dwight D. Eisenhower, War
The First Atrocity, Freedom House's Crimes against the Truth, by Bevin Chu, 23 Dec 2003
Republic of China citizens on Taiwan have endured six years of Chen Shui-bian regime misrule, right on the heels of 12 years of Lee Teng-hui regime misrule. They have made their own evaluation of Taiwan's 18-year-long Green Terror abundantly clear ... by the way over one million of them have ... moved to mainland China ...

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Taiwan" as of 29 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.