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Foreign Trade: Taiwan
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1. From Camphor to Computers: Foreign Trade as a Motor for Development

Foreign trade has played an important role in the economy of Taiwan. This is reflected by an unusually high correlation between trade volume and overall economic performance. The ratio of imports to GDP is about 40%. In 1996 Taiwan ranked among the leading trade nations of the world: fifteenth for imports and fourteenth for exports.

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Meyer, Michael, “Foreign Trade: Taiwan”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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