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Location  Southeast Asia
Capital  Taipei
Area  35,980 sq km
Population  23,545,963
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  • Taiwan became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 1 January 2002 as Chinese Taipei.[1]

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  • Kaohsiung National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is the world's first solar-powered stadium which can generate its own electricity. The stadium has been constructed for The World Games, an international multi-sport event that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The construction of the stadium was completed in 2009 and on January 15, 2009 the lighting facilities were tested for the first time.

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  • Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female president in a historic general election held on 16 January 2016.
  • Professor Chi-Huey Wong of Academia Sinica in Taiwan was named as the winner of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry on 16 January 2014 for his numerous and original contributions to the development of innovative methods for the programmable and applied synthesis of complex oligosaccharides and glycol-proteins.[2]

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  • Taiwan's six-month-old panda cub Yuan Zai won the World Panda Personality Award for 2013 at an official award ceremony at Zoo Atlanta on 17 January 2014.[3]

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  • Japanese budget airline Peach Aviation launched its new daily service between Osaka-Kaohsiung of Taiwan on 18 January 2014.

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  • Taiwan was ranked as the tenth most innovative country for 2014, with a total score of 83.52, according to the rankings released by Bloomberg on 23 January 2015.

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  • Scientists from Taiwan, China and Canada have discovered soft tissue sample inside a 195-million-year-old rib of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Lufengosaurus. The dinosaur fossil was discovered in China's Yunnan Province and was detailed in the journal Nature Communications on 31 January 2017.[4]


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  • Taiwan and China on 11 February 2014 held their first government-to-government meeting since splitting during a civil war in 1949. The meeting - a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals - was aimed to build mutual trust.[5]

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  • Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan won the women's singles title at the 2018 All England Open Badminton Championships beating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.[6]

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  • Taiwan and Saint Lucia on 19 March 2014 signed a cooperation agreement in the area of information and communication technology.[7]
  • Taiwanese actor Lawrence KO won the Best Supporting Actor honor at the 6th Asian Film Awards for his role in the movie Jump! Ashin. The awards ceremony took place on 19 March 2012 in Hong Kong.

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  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport in Taiwan was voted for the World's Best Airport Immigration by air travellers at the 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards.[8]
  • Taiwanese actor Mark Chao Yu-Ting won the Best Newcomer award for his performance in "Monga", a Taiwanese film, at the 5th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on March 21, 2011.

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  • President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen was named as one of the greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine's 2017 list of The World 50 Greatest Leaders.

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  • Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th Asian Film Awards in Macau on 27 March 2014.

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  • An international team of astronomers, including scientists from Taiwan, has detected two new Be stars residing in the open cluster NGC 6830, located some 5,300 light years away from earth. Their findings, could shed new light on the presence of this type of star in old open clusters like NGC 6830, were reported on 8 April 2016.[9]

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  • An international team of scientists, including researchers from Taiwan, has excavated 190-million-year-old dinosaur embryos in China. The fossils unearthed in China belonged to Lufengosaurus, a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur known for its gigantic size, with adults growing up to 9m (30ft) long. Their findings were published on 10 April 2013 in the journal Nature.[10]

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  • Taiwan's parliament on 11 April 2017 approved a bill banning the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption.

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  • Taiwanese tennis player Yung-Jan Cha and Swiss star Martina Hingis were crowned champions of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open women’s doubles after beating Hungarian player Timea Babos and the Czech Andrea Hlavackova in two sets in the final 6-4, 6-3.[11]
  • Taiwan placed 4th in the global school ranking published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as revealed on 13 May 2015.

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  • The Taiwanese team of students and company representatives won 124 medals in the 22nd International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia, according to the official results released on May 21, 2011.

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  • Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien won the Best Director award at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on 24 May 2015 for his film The Assassin.[12]

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  • National Taiwan University ranked 17th at the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2015.[13]

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  • Taiwanese airline EVA Air was voted the World’s Cleanest Airline at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[14]

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  • Taiwanese international airline EVA Air won the World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness award at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards.[15]

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  • Taiwanese singer-songwriter Cheer Chen won the Best Music Video award at the 2014 Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan for her song Gypsy in Memory.

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  • Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai of China won the Wimbledon Ladies' Doubles title on 6 July 2013 with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 win over Australian duo, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. Hsieh became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title.

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  • Taiwan signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand on 10 July 2013 aimed at boosting mutual economic gains. It was Taiwan's first free trade agreement with a developed country.

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  • Taiwanese students won four gold and two bronze medals in the prestigious 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa.[16]
  • Team NTHUCS from Taiwan won the first place in the Embedded Development category at the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup, world’s premier student technology competition, honoring student innovations that address global problems. They demonstrated a project that computes the safest fire escape routes, detected by a wireless sensor network in real time.[17]

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  • On 15 July 1987, thirty-eight years of martial law ended in Taiwan. It had been the longest period of martial law ever recorded in human history. The martial law was imposed in 1949 which prevented the Taiwanese even to form any opposition political parties.[18]

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  • Taiwanese international airline EVA Air won the World's Best Airport Services award at the prestigious 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[19]
  • Professor Chih-hao Hsieh from the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University was awarded the 18th Biwako Prize for Ecology on 18 July 2015 for his interdisciplinary approach to integrate theory, empirical data, and analyses for solving environmental issues, such as fisheries, eutrophication, and environmental changes impacting on ocean and lake ecosystems.[20]

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  • Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau was announced as the winner of the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award 2013 for the entry of “International Spotlight Northern Region - 88 Useful Tips” in the Travel Journalism - Guidebook category.

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  • Chen Shu-Chu from Taiwan was announced as of one of the recipients of the prestigious 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Award for the pure altruism of her personal giving, which reflects a deep, consistent, quiet compassion, and has transformed the lives of the numerous Taiwanese she has helped. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered Asia's Nobel Prize.[21]

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  • A team of astronomers, including Taiwanese researchers, has uncovered a population of 39 massive ancient previously unknown galaxies — and they could inform our understanding of everything from the universe’s birth to the nature of dark matter. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on 7 August 2019.[22]

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  • An international team of scientists, including researchers from Taiwan, has uncovered unique inscriptions in a cave in China that describe how droughts affected the local population over the past five centuries, and underline the importance of implementing strategies to deal with climate change in the coming years. Their findings were presented in the journal Scientific Reports on 13 August 2015.[23]

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  • Tzuying Tai of Taiwan won Women's Singles Badminton gold at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 28 August 2018.

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  • Kaiwen Yu and Chuling Cheng of Taiwan won Mixed Doubles Soft Tennis gold at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 30 August 2018.

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  • Taiwanese graphic designer Liu Ching-wei won the 2015 Japanese Illustration Award Grand Prix for his entry The Little Bag, featuring a series of illustrations that tell the story of a bag's journey.[24]

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  • Taiwan and Nicaragua signed a defence co-operation agreement to strengthen bilateral military support, as reported on 3 September 2017.

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  • Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis won the 2017 U.S. Open women’s doubles tennis title beating Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2.[25]

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  • Taiwanese film Cities of Last Things won the prestigious Platform Prize at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[26]

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  • Taiwan’s Lin Tzu-chi won gold in the women’s 63-kilogram weightlifting competition at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon with a world-record combined weight of 261 kg.

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  • Lin Nien-Tzu of Taiwan was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017 for establishing a workshop in Nepal to provide local women clean and affordable cloth sanitary napkins.

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  • Taiwan was ranked as the eighth Most Empathetic Country in the world according to a study by Michigan State University published on 14 October 2016. The study measured people’s compassion for others and their tendency to imagine others’ point of view.[27]

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  • Taiwan and Poland on 5 November 2014 signed an agreement on youth cultural and educational exchanges that paves the way for a working holiday program that is set to be launched early next year.[28]

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  • Taiwan signed a free trade deal with Singapore, its first with a Southeast Asian country, on 7 November 2013. The agreement is likely to eliminate or remove most tariffs on exports between the countries when it enters into force.[29]

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  • Taiwanese students secured the third place at the global maths and science ranking, according to the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) released on 29 November 2016.[30]

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  • Taiwan secured the fourth position at the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) global education survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.[31]

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  • Taiwan won two prizes at the 2014 Asia Television Awards in Singapore, with one going to actress Hsieh Chiung-hsuan for best actress in a supporting role in the drama Lonely River. The other award went to Taiwan Public Television Service for its animated show Spiny Shiny Grocery Store.

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