By Jonathan Manthorpe
For over four hundred years, Taiwan has suffered by the hands of a number of colonial powers, but it has now entered the last decade whilst its independence might be gained or misplaced. on the middle of Taiwan's tale is the curse of geography that positioned the island at the strategic cusp among the a long way East and Southeast Asia and made it the father or mother of a few of the world's such a lot profitable alternate routes. it's the tale of the dogged selection of a brave humans to beat each quandary thrown of their course. Forbidden country tells the dramatic tale of the island, its humans, and what introduced them to this second whilst their destiny can be determined.
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