- a Chinese island separated from the SE coast of China by Taiwan Strait: a possession of Japan 1895–1945; restored to China 1945; seat of the Republic of China since 1949. Capital: Taipei.
Also called Formosa.
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Examples from the Web for taiwan
The two islands are now tourist sites for visitors from Taiwan and mainland China.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
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Even though we may recognize China, we may not abandon Taiwan.Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
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In 2013, Taiwan passed an amendment to its Gender Equality Act allotting women three paid days of menstrual leave each year.The Pill Is More Than Birth Control
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But I have to confess: Taiwan did have General Tso’s Chicken in the ‘60s.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken
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In Taipei, Taiwan, a Bach flash mob consisting of cellists and tuba players took over a train.Can Bach Make It on NYC’s Subways?
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Any such naked use of force would pose an issue far transcending the offshore islands and even the security of Taiwan (Formosa).
I agree with you that a dangerous situation exists in the Taiwan area.
Therefore they reject the idea, proposed by some American politicians, that Taiwan should become an independent state.
Both Taiwan and mainland China have developed extremely quickly.
Eventually, there were on Taiwan about two million of these "mainlanders," as they have sometimes been called.
- an island in SE Asia between the East China Sea and the South China Sea, off the SE coast of the People's Republic of China: the principal territory of the Republic of China; claimed by the People's Republic of China since its political separation from mainland China in the late 1940s. Pop: 23 299 716 (2013 est)Former name: Formosa
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Word Origin and History for taiwan
literally "terrace bay," from Chinese tai "terrace" + wan "bay."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The United States long supported the Nationalists but broke relations in 1979 to establish relations with the People's Republic of China.
With its first free elections in the 1990s, Taiwan has become a democracy. Its economy is among the strongest in the world.
China refuses to accept Taiwan's independence as a nation, viewing it instead as merely a renegade province of China. This issue continues to complicate relations between the United States and China.
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