Brief Introduction

I. Data sources:

(1) Appendix I: the data come from the statistical yearbook

and statistical monthly bulletin, edited by the statistical

department, Taiwan Province of China.

(2) Appendix II: the data come from “Macau Statistical Yearbook”,

edited by the Census and Statistics Department of


(3) Appendix III: the data and databases come from the statistical data

edited by the United Nations, International Monetary Fund and World

Bank,and databases etc., including United Nations: “Statistical Yearbook”, “Monthly Bulletin of Statistics”, “National Accounts Statistics”, “Industrial Statistics Yearbook” and “Demographic Yearbook”; United Nations FAO: “Yearbook of Production”, “Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics”, “Yearbook of Fertilizer”, “Yearbook of Forest Products” , “Yearbook of Fishery Statistics”and the database; International

Monetary Fund: “International Financial Statistics Yearbook”, “International Financial Statistics”, “World Economic Outlook” and “Government Finance Statistics Yearbook”; World Bank: “World Development Report”and the database; International Labour Office:

“Yearbook of Labour Statistics”.

II. Editors explanatory notes:

  1. The statistical tables published in this chapter are prepared by the International Information Center, National Bureau of Statistical on the basis of the data sources mentioned above.
  1. The data in physical units (e.g. the output of products)

are internationally comparable because they have been converted by

the international organizations and the International Information

Center, SSB. However, since no scientific conversion methods have

been found, the data in monetary units are not quite comparable

among different countries. Even they are converted with the exchange rates or the method of purchasing power parity, they are not entirely comparable.

(3) If the readers want to know the details (including methods

and data) of the data in this chapter, they may consult the

“International Statistical Yearbook” and its electronic

publications published by China Statistical Publishing House or the

data sources mentioned above.