A few facts about Taiwan from the Port Lavaca Rotary Club
March 14, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
PORT LAVACA - Daniel Liao, director general of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office, recently spoke to the Port Lavaca Rotary Club.
Addressing a packed room, he spoke about Taiwan and his country's relations with the United States and the rest of the world.
"We've all watched the program on TV, 'I Shouldn't Be Alive.' The people on the show shouldn't be alive," said Liao, of Houston. "That's the same case with Taiwan."
Here are some interesting facts about Taiwan, the place where Formosa Plastics, one of the biggest companies in Calhoun County, started.
In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek evacuated his government to Taiwan and established Taipei as the capitol of the Republic of China.
Taiwan has no seat at the United Nations, having lost its seat to China in 1971. Because China insists that Taiwan is a region in rebellion and not a separate country, nations are pressured to decide whether to recognize Taiwan's sovereignty.
The United States broke off formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, but the two countries still have unofficial relations, and the U.S. has been instrumental in helping Taiwan gain membership to various international trade organizations, including the World Trade Organization.
Taiwan only has formal diplomatic relations with 23 countries.
Despite scant natural resources and a small population, Taiwan's economy is the 19th largest in the world.
Formosa Plastics is a Taiwanese company.