EST. 1989

"In its small space, Taiwan contains a multitude of natural wonders and beautiful scenery, from enormous gorges to verdant valleys."

About Taiwan

  • Population: 22.6 million 

  • Capital: T'aipei

  • Language: Mandarin Chinese; Taiwanese (Min) 

  • Area: 35,980 sq.km (including water)

  • Major Attractions: Taroko National Park, Taipei 101, Sun Moon Lake, Jiufen 

  • Religion: Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism

  • Climate: sub-tropical 

After the typhoon hit Taiwan, Iowans helped repair their cities.


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.


To connect with Taiwan's local offices, visit the website for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago. 

As a frienship, we facilitate more citizen relations than projects with the Iowa - Taiwan Relationship. Here are a few amazing exchanges that have occurred!

  • Baseball teams and music performers took turns visiting the their sister state

  • Ambassador Mou-shih Ding of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C. donated $100,00 to Iowa for flood relief

  • Artwork was exchanged between Dowling High School and Taiwanese students

  • Iowa Govenor Vilsack and a delegation attended meetings in Taiwan  to discuss trade opportunities for pork

  • Iowan students study in Taiwan Normal University

  • Taiwanese cultural performances held in Des Moines

  • Teacher delegations visited Taiwan

  • The Taiwan Feed Industry Association and the Iowan Corn Promotion Board work together to further trade

Meet the Leadership

Tim Ng became the Taiwan Chair in 2014.


Having moved to Iowa in his youth, Tim still shares fond memories of summers spent visiting family in Taiwan. As a director of CK International, Ltd., he still visits Taiwan regularly to meet with leather and meat customers, as well as extended family. 

Map from Only in Taiwan

Cover Image from Amazing Wallpapers



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Last Updated: September 8, 2020