Officers are photographed at the ceremony for Taiwan’s retrocession to the ROC on Oct. 25, 1945, marking the surrender of Japanese forces in Taiwan at the end of World War II. (Courtesy of Academia Historica)
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (left) visits Taiwan on June 18, 1960, riding in a convertible with President Chiang Kai-shek (right) to downtown Taipei. This was an important period for ROC-U.S. relations. President Eisenhower is the only U.S. president to have visited the Republic of China. (Government Information Office)
During the 1960s and 1970s, the textile industry, benefiting from various government policies and promotional projects, was one of Taiwan’s key export industries. (Government Information Office)
Top: Skeletons of two hulking steamships in the shipyard of the then China Shipbuilding Corporation. The Ten Major Construction Projects, which included the founding of this large shipbuilding company, were carried out during the 1970s.
Bottom: Cars line up at the Yangmei Toll Station to watch the ceremony for the opening of National Highway No. 1 in 1978. (Government Information Office)
The 228 Memorial Monument is unveiled at Taipei New Park on Feb. 28, 1996. The monument commemorates the 228 Incident in 1947, reminding people to forgive past mistakes, console those affected, and move ahead into the future. (Government Information Office)
Ma Ying-jeou (center) shakes hands with supporters after being elected president on March 22, 2008. Ma, the Kuomintang candidate, won with 58.45 percent of the vote. (Cheng Yuan-ching)