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Taiwan

[tahy-wahn] /ˈtaɪˈwɑn/
noun, Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for Taiwan

Taiwan

/ˈtaɪˈwɑːn/
noun
1.
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."

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Taiwan in Culture

Taiwan definition


Island nation in the Pacific Ocean near the mainland of southern China; seat of the Republic of China. Its capital and largest city is Taipei.

Note: When the Chinese communists came to power on the mainland, the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek and some of his army took refuge on Taiwan.
Note: The United States long supported the Nationalists but broke relations in 1979 to establish relations with the People's Republic of China.
Note: With its first free elections in the 1990s, Taiwan has become a democracy. Its economy is among the strongest in the world.
Note: 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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