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Position and The Rise of Taiwan

Position and The Rise of Taiwan

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During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, or approximately eight centuries ago, the southeast coast of China was bustling with trade. Penghu and Taiwan are positioned right on the north-south route along this coast, making them important transportation links for the East Asian trading circle.Taiwan is also a key geographic landmark for ships along the north-south route. In the 15th century, after the rise of tributary trade between China and Ryukyu, Keelung and Tamsui quickly became important strongholds for Chinese and Japanese merchants, as well as for pirates, due to their locations. By the 16th century, Europeans also became actively engaged in East Asian trade, and in the 17th century European merchants began working with powers such as China and Japan, although competition among the three was also extremely fierce. East Asia became an important final link in global trade routes, and Taiwan received considerable international attention because of its geographical position. It was thus no longer seen as a somewhat mythical, paradise island, and instead began to make its presence felt in the contemporary world, full of opportunities and risks.

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