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Taipei Capital and largest city of Taiwan, at the n end of the island. A major trade centre for tea in the 19th century, the city enlarged under Japanese rule (1895–1945), and became the seat of the Chinese Nationalist government in 1949. Industries: textiles, chemicals, fertilizers, metals, machinery. The city expanded from 335,000 people in 1945 to 2,639,939 in 1998.