|AREA||35,980 sq km|
|GDP||362,032 milion € (2013)|
|MEDIAN AGE||39 years|
Eastwest Press Review offers a weekly geopolitical collection of recent global trends, beyond the main headlines. The world, one news at a time.
The signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in 2010 brought Beijing and Taipei closer together than they’ve been in half-a-century. China sees the trade agreement as a first step toward the political reunification of the two countries, which had been bitter adversaries until recently. But the view in Taiwan is considerably more cautious. Most still see improved ties with Beijing as a means of fortifying a weak economy. Unification, while lurking in the background, is still considered a hands-off subject.