The CIA Factbook now ranks the U.S. 50th in the world for life expectancy, just ahead of Taiwan but behind Portugal.
When you were 19, you left the U.S. and moved to Taiwan for three years.
The Cheng Fong Hwa was a fishing vessel from Taiwan that was taken on April 18, 2007.
literally "terrace bay," from Chinese tai "terrace" + wan "bay."
Note: When the Chinese communists came to power on the mainland, the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek and some of his army took refuge on Taiwan.
Note: The United States long supported the Nationalists but broke relations in 1979 to establish relations with the People's Republic of China.
Note: With its first free elections in the 1990s, Taiwan has become a democracy. Its economy is among the strongest in the world.
Note: China refuses to accept Taiwan's independence as a nation, viewing it instead as merely a renegade province of China. This issue continues to complicate relations between the United States and China.