Taiwan 1999

Yearbook 1999

Taiwan. Relations with China were marked by both progress and war threats. A delegation from Taiwan’s semi-official liaison agency SEF (Straits Exchange Foundation) visited China in June, together with its Chinese counterpart ARATS (Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait), to prepare a visit to Taiwan by ARATS Chairman Wang Daohan.

In an interview for German media this summer, President Li Denghui said Taiwan’s relations with China would be “intergovernmental.” That statement led to very sharp reactions from China. In Chinese press it was called that Li’s attempt to separate China and Taiwan would lead to disaster for the 22 million people in Taiwan. In addition, it became clear that China’s army was in readiness on the mainland side of the Formosa Strait.

Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Taiwan. Macedonia became the second European country (after the Vatican City) and the 28th in the world (most small states in Africa, Central America and the Pacific) establishing diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Prime Minister Siew later denied in an interview that Taiwan would have bought the diplomatic recognition of promises of aid. However, both aid agencies and business delegations from Taiwan visited Macedonia during the year.

Map of Taiwan Taipei in English

The new government, which was presented on February 1, did not contain many new faces, but looked almost like the former. In August, the ruling party appointed GMD (Guomindang) Vice President Lien Chan as presidential candidate for the March 2000 elections.

However, the presidential campaign was abruptly interrupted by the severe earthquake that hit Taiwan in September. Over 2,000 people lost their lives and 100,000 are estimated to have become homeless. The earthquake was measured at 7.6 on the Richter scale and had its center in the Nantu Province on the western most densely populated part of the island. A government spokesman admittedly declared after the disaster that “money is not the problem”, but the earthquake will undoubtedly have consequences for the growth of Taiwan’s economy, which has already shown signs of slowing down. In 1998, the growth rate of the economy was 4.83%, a high figure in Europe, but the lowest in sixteen years in Taiwan. A number of measures to stimulate the economy were therefore introduced in February. some restrictions were removed for the banks, as well as some obstacles to foreign ownership were removed.

There is a lot to see on the small island

Taiwan is visited every year by a couple of million tourists, for whom the beautiful island has many tourist advantages to offer. The capital Taipei is a modern and busy Asian city with its skyscrapers. The tallest of them is the 509-meter-high Taipei 101, which has held the title of the tallest building in the world for a few years. Perhaps the biggest cause for pride, however, is the National Palace Museum in Taipei, whose importance to Chinese culture has been compared to the importance of the Paris Louvre to the West. Many of the museum’s immeasurably valuable treasures belonged to the collections of the Chinese emperors. When the last emperor Pu Yi was expelled from the Forbidden City of Beijing in 1924, the items were packed in thousands of wooden boxes, which were later transported across China to the safety of the Japanese occupying forces. In 1949, Kuomintang brought a significant portion of them with them to Taiwan.

Located in the mountains of the central part of the island, Sun Moon Lake is Taiwan’s largest lake and a popular tourist destination. There is much to see in the area, including temples, nature trails and the cultural village of the island’s indigenous tribes. Taiwan is a very mountainous island with the highest peaks rising to nearly four kilometers.

The attraction of the East Coast is the stunningly beautiful Taroko National Park near the city of Hualien. The steep walls of the 20-kilometer-long Taroko Gorge there are marble shaped by nature. In addition to forests, mountains and magnificent canyons, the area has tunnels, temples, rivers, waterfalls and hot springs. In fact, there are many different hot springs in Taiwan, some in their natural state, some used by spas. The Japanese brought their spa culture to Taiwan as early as the late 19th century, but after Japanese rule, spa enthusiasm slowly waned. In this millennium, however, it has once again been brought to a new heyday.

At the time of writing, there are nine national parks in Taiwan, each with its own attractions. The oldest and southernmost of them is Kenting National Park, established in 1984 at the southern tip of the island, which protects the remains of a tropical rainforest. The park also has mountains, coral lakes, caves and beaches, as well as a rich fauna and flora.

The numerous pavilions and temples on the shores of Lake Lootus on the outskirts of the southern city of Kaohsiung are well worth a visit.

On the northeast coast of the island, on the other hand, you will find fine beaches with diverse water sports, as well as special-shaped, erosion-shaped rock formations, the most photographed of which are known as the “Queen’s Head”.

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