People's Republic of China

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Alternative forms




Calque of Mandarin 中華人民共和國中华人民共和国 (Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó)


  • IPA(key): /ˈpiːpəlz ɹɪˈpʌblɪk əv ˈt͡ʃaɪnə/
  • Audio (General Australian):(file)
    The People's Republic of China
  • Rhymes: -aɪnə

Proper noun


the People's Republic of China

  1. The official name of China, sometimes contrasted to the Republic of China (Taiwan).
    Synonyms: Communist China, People's Republic, (dated) Red China
    Meronym: mainland China
    • 1968, “Shanghai (Shang-hai)”, in Encyclopedia Britannica[1], volume 20, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 346, column 1:
      While the People's Republic of China claimed in the late 1950s that Shanghai had regained its importance as a leading seaport, this was not borne out by observations of foreign travelers nor by official shipping statistics.
    • 1980, Spiro Agnew, Go Quietly . . . Or Else[2], New York: William Morrow and Company, →ISBN, page 34:
      I disagreed completely—and still do—with President Nixon's initiative to "normalize" relations with the People's Republic of China. The American people [] have been forced to go along with the Carter administration's decision to repudiate our mutual defense treaty with the free Chinese regime on Taiwan []
    • 1991, Carol Stepanchuk, Charles Wong, “Festivals of Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire”, in Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts: Festivals of China[3], San Francisco: China Books & Periodicals, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 108:
      Politically, China proper [] and frontier areas of China were brought together under the Qing dynasty, mostly during the 18th century. Incursions by earlier dynasties into Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and southern Manchuria did occur, but were later reversed. It is this latest process of expansion that accounts for the enormous size of the People's Republic of China today.
    • 2005, Peter Kien-hong Yu, Hu Jintao and the Ascendancy of China: A Dialectical Study, →ISBN, page xi:
      Before the death of Deng Xiaoping, many observers were debating whether the People’s Republic of China (PRC) would collapse, just like the former Soviet Union. It did not come to pass.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:People's Republic of China.