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Area : 35,980 km2 Agriculture : bamboo shoots, bananas, betel nuts, cantaloupes, cut flowers, maize, mangoes, peanuts, pears, pineapples, rice, shiitake mushrooms, sugar cane, tea, watermelons Government office address : 2 Tianjin Street, Taipei, Taiwan ROC
Capital and Largest City : Taipei* Animal products : beef, chicken, duck, giant river prawn, grouper, hard clam, honey, milkfish, mutton, oyster, pork, small abalone, tiger prawn, tilapia, turkey Telephone : (886)(2)3356-8888
English meaning of name : not available Foreign direct investment (2002) : US$3.3 billion (approved) Website (Traditional Chinese) : http://info.gio.gov.tw/
Major Nationalities (2000) : Southern Fujianese 70%, Hakka 15%, mainlanders 13%, indigenous Taiwanese 2% GDP (2002) : US$281.9 billion; 2,333 billion yuan equivalent** Website (English) : www.gio.gov.tw/
Organization : 2 provinces; 18 counties; 5 provincially administered cities; 2 province-level municipalities (Taipei and Kaohsiung) GDP per capita : US$12,391; 102,557 yuan equivalent** Transportation
Population (2004) : 22,749,838 Industry : cement, chemicals, electronics, food processing, machinery, petroleum refining, steel, textiles Airports : Taipei Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport (TPE); Sungshan Domestic Airport (TSA); Kaohsiung Hsiaokang International Airport (KHH); Quemoy Shangyi Airport
Population density : 705/km2 List of desired foreign investment projects : not available Highways/railroads : 37,342 km of roads (2003) including 20,947 km of highways and 872 km of freeways; 1,097 km of railways, including a high-speed line between Taipei and Kaohsiung, scheduled to open in 2005; Taipei has a 5-line metro (the Taipei Rapid Transit System); the 2-line Kaohsiung Metro (KMRT) is scheduled to open in 2006
Weather : hot, wet summers; cold, dry (north) to warm, dry (south) winters Mineral resources : coal, natural gas, limestone, marble, asbestos Major ports : Keelung, Suao, Taichung, Hualien, Anping, and Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung is the biggest and best seaport on Taiwan, with 118 berths including 5 container terminals accommodating all ships under 100,000 dwt
*: Officially, the Republic of China (ROC) maintains its claim to be the legitimate government of the Chinese mainland, with a capital at Nanjing. Thus, formally, Taipei is only the capital of Taiwan province of the ROC, and administered as a separate municipality. De facto, Taipei functions as the capital of the ROC on Taiwan.
**: The ROC on Taiwan uses the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), not the mainland yuan.

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