Wang Mao-lin, Taiwan's coast guard commander for the Spratly Islands, speaks next to an image of Taiping Island during a visit by journalists to the island on March 23. The island, claimed by Taiwan, is one of many that are dispute in the South China Sea. Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rescue workers used heavy equipment to look for survivors trapped in a building that collapsed in a magnitude-6.4 earthquake in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Blue cans, seen sandwiched between layers of concrete, are visible at the Golden Dragon complex, which collapsed in Saturday's magnitude-6.4 earthquake in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan. Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Earthquake-Rattled Taiwan, A Somber Start To Lunar New Year

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Rescue workers look through the rubble of a collapsed building in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Sunday, following a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early on Saturday. For more than 30 hours, rescuers have worked to free more than 120 people buried under the rubble of the apartment complex. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Before Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party sealed the vote in the nation's presidential elections on Saturday night, K-pop singer Chou Tzu-yu was forced to apologize after waving the Taiwanese flag on a TV broadcast. A DPP supporter holds a sign showing Tzu-yu. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 15. Voters in Taiwan elected a Beijing-skeptic president in a dramatic democratic journey, carving their own political path against China's wishes. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Taiwanese-Australian entrepreneur Jimmy Yang (left) spends much of his time at his Taipei restaurant and bar, Woolloomooloo. Many younger Taiwanese are focused on work they see as creative and innovative. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Taiwan's 'Strawberry Generation' Reaches Out To The Young And Trendy

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, left, shake hands at the start of a historic meeting. The moment marks the first top-level contact between the formerly-bitter Cold War foes in 66 years. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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Historic Handshake: China, Taiwan Leaders Meet For First Time In 66 Years

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Taiwanese presidential front-runner Tsai Ing-wen's party has called for independence from China in the past. This time around, it's signaling pragmatism. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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As Taiwan Gears Up For Elections, China, As Always, Looms Large

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Police investigators inspect the stage area after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, early Sunday. The resulting fire injured more than 500 concert-goers. AP hide caption

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Rescuers pray near the bodies of victims from the TransAsia plane crash Friday. The turboprop crashed shortly after take-off from Songshan Airport in Taipei, hitting an elevated roadway as it banked steeply away from buildings and into the Keelung River. Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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