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Taiwan


Capital CityTaipeiArea35,980 square kilometer



National Flag  ratio 2 : 3    Flag In Use 1928/10/28


About The Flag

 

The white sun symbolizes the spirit of progress as the twelve points represent the twelve hours of the day (a traditional Chinese hour = two conventional hours), and the sun on a blue field is the party flag of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) which ruled Taiwan. This flag was first used in 1928. 

 

This flag does not symbolize Taiwan, and many Taiwanese have stepped out and demanded a new flag which can truly represent the Taiwanese people. If you visit the Flags page you will see some flags Taiwanese have come up with. This flag simply symbolizes the dictator that ruled Taiwan in the past, it is not something many Taiwanese can accept or hang outside their homes or carry it out as a banner. 


Introduction

 

In 1895, military defeat forced China to cede Taiwan to Japan. Following the Communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Over the next five decades, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the native population within its governing structure. This culminated in 2000, when Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the country has prospered to become one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be the relationship between Taiwan and China - relations - as well as domestic political and economic reform.

 

Location

 

Southeastern Asia, Near China, Japan, and South Korea

 

Climate

 

tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is    persistent and extensive all year

 

Population

 

22,548,009 July 2002 Taiwanese & Hakka 84%, mainland Chinese 14%, aborigine 2%

 

Language

 

Official Language : Mandarin. Widely Used : Taiwanese and Hakka

 

Religion

 

Mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%  

Life Expectancy

 

Total population: 76.74 years female: 79.71 years (2002 est.) male: 73.99 years

 


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