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Taiwan’s Industrialization

November 18, 2007

By Joe Hung
The China Post
November 18, 2007

When Chiang Kai-shek came to Taiwan to rule at the end of 1949, the island was still a traditional, pre-modern agricultural society, albeit there were rudimentary cement, aluminum, chemical, oil-refining, metal and shipbuilding industries.

The Japanese laid the foundation for Taiwan’s industrialization during the last three decades of their rule. Changes came with the removal of the Chiang government from Nanking or Nanjing to Taipei.

At least one million civilians came to Taiwan from China in 1949 and 1950. These “mainlanders” were teachers, factory owners, engineers, technicians, merchants, bankers, scholars and professionals. They filled the demand for managerial skills needed for industrialization, which Japan had purposely left on the island under its “agricultural Taiwan” policy. Many of them were entrepreneurs who also provided the “seed money” for Taiwan’s initial import-substitution manufacturing industry.

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Water shortage pushes China toward aerobic rice production

October 23, 2007

Reuters (October 23, 2007) — China, the world’s top consumer and producer of rice, is turning to a new kind of rice that can grow on dry soil like wheat as the country faces a serious water shortage due to industrialization and global warming.

China, a pioneer in aerobic rice, plans to expand acreage for it to about 30 percent from about 1 percent now as the water shortage limits expansion of traditional water-flooded rice, or lowland rice, said Wang Huaqi, an aerobic rice breeder at China Agricultural University.

Together with the International Rice Research Institute, the university has been working on aerobic rice that is grown like the upland crops of wheat and corn ….

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