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Taiwan: Country in East Asia
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a country in East Asia. Neighbouring countries include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the northwest, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. The main island of Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometres (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanised population is concentrated. Taipei is the capital as well as the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. Other major cities include New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.7 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated countries, and is the most populous country and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

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China conducts more exercises near Taiwan as US official visits [Video]

China conducts more exercises near Taiwan as US official visits

China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own, says combat drills are to defend its 'sovereignty'.

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Families urge China to release their relatives [Video]

Families urge China to release their relatives

A group of Hong Kong families on Saturday demanded the urgent return of their activist relatives detained last month by mainland Chinese authorities as they tried to flee the city by boat to Taiwan...

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Girl lifted in air after getting tangled in large kite in Taiwan [Video]

Girl lifted in air after getting tangled in large kite in Taiwan

A three-year-old became entangled in a large kite during a festival in Taiwan.She was swept into the air in the northern city of Hsinchu but was notinjured, her parents confirmed.

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In Taiwan, U.S. health chief attacks China's pandemic response [Video]

In Taiwan, U.S. health chief attacks China's pandemic response

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attacked China's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday (August 11) and said that if such an outbreak had emerged in Taiwan or the United States it could have..

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China accused of trying to turn Taiwan into next Hong Kong [Video]

China accused of trying to turn Taiwan into next Hong Kong

Joseph Wu issued the warning on the third day of a visit by the US health secretary as China uses national security law to crack down on dissidents and activists.

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U.S. health chief offers Taiwan 'strong' support [Video]

U.S. health chief offers Taiwan 'strong' support

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar offered President Donald Trump's strong support for democratic Taiwan on Monday, telling President Tsai Ing-wen that her government's response to the coronavirus..

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U.S. health chief visits Taiwan, defying China [Video]

U.S. health chief visits Taiwan, defying China

The visit marks the highest-level U.S. government outreach to the territory claimed by China since 1979. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

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US health secretary's Taiwan visit angers China [Video]

US health secretary's Taiwan visit angers China

Beijing warns US President Trump that the visit threatens peace and stability in the region.

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Covid update: China allows Indians to return; Bill Gates on vaccine [Video]

Covid update: China allows Indians to return; Bill Gates on vaccine

From China allowing Indians to return to another Uttar Pradesh minister reportedly testing positive - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 150 Indians including diplomats'..

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Top U.S. official's visit to Taiwan may anger China [Video]

Top U.S. official's visit to Taiwan may anger China

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in the coming days, his office said on Tuesday, marking the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in four decades -- a move..

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Demonstrators chant ‘Modi, Modi’, praise India in Toronto’s anti-China protests [Video]

Demonstrators chant ‘Modi, Modi’, praise India in Toronto’s anti-China protests

Anti-China protests were held in Canada’s Toronto on August 01. It was organized by Canada Hong Kong Link & Bangladesh Minority Rights Alliance. Indian, Tibetan, Vietnamese & Taiwanese diaspora..

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Effects of air pollution and regular exercise on high blood pressure [Video]

Effects of air pollution and regular exercise on high blood pressure

Exercising regularly can lower the risk of high blood pressure, even if people live in areas where air pollution is relatively high, according to recent research. The research was published in the..

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