Taiwan

  • Taiwan; officially the Republic of China (ROC) is a country in East Asia. Neighboring 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 kilometers, with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanized 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 23.57 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated countries.
  • The political status of Taiwan is complicated. The ROC is no longer a member of the UN, having been replaced by the PRC in 1971. Taiwan is claimed by the PRC, which refuses diplomatic relations with countries that recognize the ROC. Taiwan maintains official diplomatic relations with 14 out of 193 UN member states and the Holy See. International organizations in which the PRC participates either refuse to grant membership to Taiwan or allow it to participate only on a non-state basis.
  • Taiwan is a member of the World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Asian Development Bank under various names. Many countries maintain unofficial diplomatic ties with Taiwan through representative offices and institutions that function as de facto embassies and consulates.
  • Domestically, the major political contention is between parties favoring eventual Chinese unification and promoting a Chinese identity  contrasted with those aspiring to independence and promoting Taiwanese identity, although both sides have moderated their positions to broaden their appeal.
  • Service started since 2015. With exploration missions then we
    started several missions targeting charity organizations then
    schools and universities, and the team was growing. We will
    have a resident priest there (Father. Mark Arsany) & two
    Egyptian residents (Bavly & Marina)
  • Missions to Taipei (lectures and connections)
  • Missions to Taichung (School activities, potential local servant)