SISTER STATE RELATIONSHIP
In 1989, Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Chiu Chuang-huan of Taiwan signed the Iowa-Taiwan Friendship Agreement.
Taiwan has been a trusted friend and important trading partner for Iowa over the years. During the floods of 1993, Ambasasdor Mou Shih Ding of Taiwan personally delivered a gift of $100,000 to aid flood-ravaged Iowa families.
Since then there has been a steady exchange in students and ideas between the two sister-states, reaffirming the bond between Iowa and Taiwan.
Capital: Tapei (2,646,204pop.)
Official Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Hakka, Formosan, Matsu
Area: 36,197 km2 (13,976 sq mi)
Climate: marine tropical
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