Taiwan: History

  1. 1624

    Dutch traders claim the island as a base for Dutch commerce with Japan and the Chinese coast.

  2. 1887

    The island is made into a separate Chinese province.

  3. 1895

    China cedes Taiwan to Japan following the first Sino-Japanese war.

  4. 1945

    At the end of World War II, Taiwan is returned to Chinese rule.

  5. 1949

    Following a civil war on mainland China, the losing Kuomintang (KMT) establish a provisional Republic of China on Taiwan while the People's Republic of China (PRC) is formed on mainland China by the victorious communists.

  6. 2001

    Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, lifts a 50-year ban on direct trade and investment with China.

  7. 2002

    Taiwan officially enters the World Trade Organization.

  8. 2007

    The country's attempt to join the United Nations under the name Taiwan is rejected.

  9. 2010

    Taiwan and China sign a free trade pact.

  10. 2012

    Taiwan and China sign an investment protection deal that sets up formal arrangements on how to settle investment disputes between the two nations.


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