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People's Republic of China

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a country in East Asia. 3,691,502 sq. mi. (9,560,990 sq. km). Capital: Beijing. Abbreviations: PRC, P.R.C.

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Also called China .
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Cultural definitions for People's Republic of China (1 of 2)

People's Republic of China

The government of China set up in 1949 after the victory of the communist forces of Mao Zedong. The People's Republic ruled the mainland of China, forcing the government of Nationalist China (see also Nationalist China) into exile on the island of Taiwan. For years, many Western nations, especially the United States, refused to recognize the People's Republic as the government of mainland China; instead, they exchanged ambassadors only with Nationalist China. The United States recognized the People's Republic as the government of China in 1979.

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People's Republic of China

The official name for mainland China, which has a communist government.

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