People's Republic of China

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Calque of Mandarin 中華人民共和國 (Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó)


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    The People's Republic of China

Proper noun[edit]

the People’s Republic of China

  1. Official name of the country popularly known as China, as opposed to the Republic of China (Taiwan).

    Synonyms: Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic, PR China, PRC, Red China
    • 1968, “SHANGHAI (SHANG-HAI)”, in Encyclopedia Britannica[1], volume 20, LCCN 68-10064, OCLC 1036882, 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, Agnew, Spiro, 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—against the will of the majority, if the polls are correct—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, and to give Peking the diplomatic and economic muscle to seriously impair the security and prosperity of the seventeen million people on the island. This is a strange way to reward a loyal ally whose hardworking and creative citizens have made their country a model success story for the capitalistic free-enterprise system.
    • 1983, Shen, James C. H., “A Round of Calls”, in Robert Myers, editor, The U.S. & Free China: How the U.S. Sold Out Its Ally[3], Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books Ltd., →ISBN, LCCN 82-13884, OCLC 8708915, page 103:
      Why was the communique completely silent on U.S. relations with the Republic of China? I asked. Only the previous October the U.S. Government had taken the position in the United Nations that there was one China but two governments. Yet in the Shanghai Communique the Republic of China was reduced to a mere island, Taiwan. "Don't you people also maintain there is but one China?" Rogers retorted. Yes, I asserted; that was because the Government of the Republic of China, having been elected by the Chinese people as a whole in accordance with our constitution, was the only legitimate government of our country. The so-called People's Republic of China was nothing but a rebel regime.
    • 1991, Stepanchuk, Carol; Charles Wong, “Festivals of Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire”, in Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts: Festivals of China[4], San Francisco: China Books & Periodicals, →ISBN, LCCN 91-73127, OCLC 25272938, page 108:
      Politically, China proper (where the core of Han culture and settlement began in the middle of the Yellow River valley) 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.
    • 2022, NATO 2022 Strategic Concept[5], archived from the original on 29 June 2022, page 5:
      The deepening strategic partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut the rules-based international order run counter to our values and interests.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:People's Republic of China.