Taiwan, officially Republic of China, is an island country off the coast of China (officially People's Republic of China). It has a population of 22.7 million and capital city of Taipei. It is one of the world's largest producers of computer technology. China says that Taiwan is a rebel area and should be reunited with mainland China. The U.S. supports Taiwan, selling large amounts of military equipment to the country. 
- The media environment in Taiwan is among the freest in Asia, and extremely competitive. There are hundreds of newspapers, all privately-owned and reflecting a wide range of views. Laws which prohibit the promotion of independence from China or communism are not generally enforced.
- Taiwan's major terrestrial TV networks command the lion's share of viewing and tend to be politically partisan. The government has taken steps to end government, military and political party ownership of the broadcast media.
- Chen Shui-bian, President
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- Timeline: Taiwan, BBC, accessed March 2008.