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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - Taiwan

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 11 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - dynamic economy driven largely by industrial manufacturing; heavy dependence on exports exposes the economy to fluctuations in global demand; diplomatic isolation, low birth rate, rapidly aging population, and increasing competition from China and other Asia Pacific markets are major long-term challenges

GDP - per capita (PPP): $50,500 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 4.9%

industry: 35.9%

services: 59.2% (2016 est.)

Unemployment rate: 3.8% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 1.5% (2012 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: --

Infant mortality rate: total: 4.2 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 80.6 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: --

Physicians density: --

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: --

Electricity production: 246.1 billion kWh (2016 est.)

The Borgen Project - Taiwan

[accessed 14 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 12 January 2021]

Taiwan's GNP advanced at an average annual rate of 9% in real terms between 1952 and 1980. In contrast to Taiwan's industry-led economic growth of previous decades, since the late 1980s the country has undergone a shift towards a servicesdominated economy. As of 2000, services made up about 66% of the GDP, compared to less than 50% in the mid-1980s and 44% in the early 1960s.

Agriculture has continued to claim only a small share of the economy, making up 2% of the GDP in 2000.

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