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    Taiwan Geography - 1991

      Total area: 35,980 km2
      land area: 32,260 km2
      includes the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy

      Comparative area: slightly less than three times the size of Connecticut

      Land boundaries: none

      Coastline: 1,448 km

      Maritime claims: Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: involved in complex dispute over the Spratly Islands with China, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam; Paracel Islands occupied by China, but claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan; Japanese-administered Senkaku-shoto (Senkaku Islands/Diaoyu Tai) claimed by China and Taiwan

      Climate: tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year

      Terrain: eastern two-thirds mostly rugged mountains; flat to gently rolling plains in west

      Natural resources: small deposits of coal, natural gas, limestone, marble, and asbestos

      Land use: arable land 24%; permanent crops 1%; meadows and pastures 5%; forest and woodland 55%; other 15%; irrigated 14%

      Environment: subject to earthquakes and typhoons

      NOTE: The information regarding Taiwan on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Taiwan Geography 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Taiwan Geography 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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