Day 19

DECEMBER | 2022

Taiwan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Many in Taiwan are hoping that the way Ukraine, with international support, has pushed back against Russia, will dissuade China from invading Taiwan. Polls of the general public reveal that most people don’t believe China will invade. However, since the Chinese president was elected for a third term, there has been a growing sense amongst the government that Taiwan must take China’s threats very seriously and prepare in earnest. Pray for wisdom and grace. Pray that the Lord’s sovereign plans and purposes will prevail. As we celebrate the joy of Christmas, pray that the Taiwanese Church will be encouraged (The Bible, Colossians 1:16-17).

Source: How Taiwan Is Assessing and Responding to Growing Threats From China (Counsel of Foreign Relations)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Although Taiwan has enjoyed relative independence for more than 60 years, China has rapidly increased its intimidation of the tiny island nation in recent years. China’s overall strategy continues to use both persuasion and coercion to hinder the development of attitudes favoring independence in the “rebel” Taiwan. China’s focus on building military strength is seen as a threat by Taiwan as it continues to maintain its autonomy. Taiwan has continued to foster connections with sympathetic international allies. With a strong economy, Taiwan is a leader in computer technology. Unlike China, Taiwan seems more committed to freedom of religion though Christians only make up six percent of the population. Most are committed to the traditional ethnic religion. China’s intervention in Hong Kong has caused many in Taiwan to be fearful of what their future holds.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Tsai Ing-wen
HEAD OF GOV.
Premier Mao Chi-kuo
POPULATION
23,415,000
CHRISTIANS
4.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.5%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Ethnic Religions
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
Unknown
LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.97 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.29%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
1.5%