The Obama administration triggered this latest round by announcing on Friday a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
The CIA Factbook now ranks the U.S. 50th in the world for life expectancy, just ahead of Taiwan but behind Portugal.
“The whole culture of going to bars and flirting with strangers is considered kind of weird,” explains Kevin, who is from Taiwan.
Old, intractable differences persist over Taiwan and North Korea.
Once Washington and Beijing established relations, they agreed that there was only one China, and that Taiwan was part of China.
Eventually, there were on Taiwan about two million of these "mainlanders," as they have sometimes been called.
Any such naked use of force would pose an issue far transcending the offshore islands and even the security of Taiwan (Formosa).
I agree with you that a dangerous situation exists in the Taiwan area.
The Nationalist government retreated to Taiwan with those soldiers who remained loyal.
Therefore they reject the idea, proposed by some American politicians, that Taiwan should become an independent state.
literally "terrace bay," from Chinese tai "terrace" + wan "bay."
Note: When the Chinese communists came to power on the mainland, the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek and some of his army took refuge on Taiwan.
Note: The United States long supported the Nationalists but broke relations in 1979 to establish relations with the People's Republic of China.
Note: With its first free elections in the 1990s, Taiwan has become a democracy. Its economy is among the strongest in the world.
Note: China refuses to accept Taiwan's independence as a nation, viewing it instead as merely a renegade province of China. This issue continues to complicate relations between the United States and China.