Updated at 2022-02-27
The Republic of the Marshall Islands established formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1998. There have been in-depth exchanges over the years, including cooperation in agriculture; fishery; medical and health care; culture and education; clean energy; and Austronesian cultural affairs. President Tsai Ing-wen previously led a delegation to visit the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands is a matrilineal society, and local women use coconut leaves, pandanus leaves and trees, and other readily available materials to create handicrafts. Each island has its own unique weaving techniques. The Marshallese women are proud of their handicrafts. They make items for daily use, which have become popular souvenirs for tourists.
National flag: rectangular with a length to width ratio of 19:10. It was designed by Emlain Kabua, who was the first lady at the time, and adopted at the start of self-government on May 1, 1979. The flag has a blue field that represents the Pacific Ocean. The two adjacent stripes of white (representing the sunrise and peace) and orange (representing the sunset and courage) gradually widen as they radiate from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. There is a star with 24 points in the upper left corner that represents the number of constituencies. The four elongated points represent the four principal cultural centers (Majuro, Jaluit Atoll, Wotje Atoll, and Ebeye Island). The flag also shows that the Marshall Islands is located in north of the equator.
National day: May 1
Languages: Marshallese, English
Area: 181.3 square kilometers of land, 2.13 million square kilometers of territorial waters
Population: 59,190 (2020)
Currency: U.S. dollar
Government: Presidential cabinet system