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Central Bank of the Republic of China


International investment position

The Republic of China
International investment position

Contact person Balance of Payments Section
Economic Research Department, Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Phone: 886-2-23571753
Fax: 886-2-23571757
Internet e-mail:


Dissemination formats Hardcopy
    ( x ) News release
( ) Weekly ( ) monthly ( x ) quarterly bulletin
( ) Other
    ( x ) On-line country bulletin board or database
( ) Diskette ( ) CD ROM ( ) Other



The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

Data are disseminated on the stock of external assets and external liabilities at the end of the reference period for the period for the following prescribed components: direct investment, portfolio investment, financial derivatives, other investment, and reserve assets. These are further classified by instruments and by sectors. Data are disseminated in millions of U.S. dollars on the international investment position.
The data are compiled in accordance with the methodology set out in the sixth edition of the IMF's Balance of Payments Manual.

Periodicity Annual

 5.5 months after the end of the reference year

Access by the Public

Advance dissemination of release calendar

An advance schedule is posted on the CBC's website:

Simultaneous release to all interested parties

The data are released simultaneous to all interested parties by issuing the news release "International Investment Position." The data are also posted on the Internet ( at the same time as the official release. The data are subsequently published in the Balance of Payments Quarterly.


Dissemination of terms and conditions under which official statistics are produced, including ...
confidentiality of individual responses

Article 39 of the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Act provides that the CBC shall collect and compile financial data for the purpose of monetary policies and economic research.

Identification of internal government access to data before release

There is no internal government access to the data before the release to the public.

Identification of ministerial commentary on the occasion of statistical releases

No ministerial commentary is attached to the release of the data.

Provision of information about revision and advance notice of major changes in methodology

The data included in the CBC's website on the Internet and the "Balance of Payments Quarterly" note that "r" refers to revision. There is no advance notice of major changes in methodology but at the time of major changes in methodology there is a notice on the cover of "Balance of Payments Quarterly."


Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

The methodology used in preparing statistics will be described in the Appendix of "Balance of Payment Quarterly."

(See also summary methodology)

Dissemination of ... that support statistical cross-checks and provide assurance of reasonableness

Available data on the balance of payments statistics may serve as a basis for comparison with related items of the international investment position.

Notes: Summary page on observance

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