Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan Strait

  1. The strait dividing mainland China from Taiwan and connecting the East and South China Seas.
    • 1946, “Japanese Colonies (Before surrender in 1945)”, in Lewis Copeland, editor, The Handy Encyclopedia Of Useful Information[1], Philadelphia: Blakiston Company, page 147:
      Formosa (Taiwan) is an island located about 200 miles north of the Philippine Islands, and separated from the southeastern coast of China by Taiwan Strait.
    • 1973 September 23, “Porcelain kilns are booming”, in Free China Weekly[2], volume XIV, number 37, Taipei, page 2:
      Kinmen now supplies fully a third of Taiwan’s kaolin and feldspar need. A total of 40,000 tons of kaolin and 4,200 tons of feldspar will be shipped across the Taiwan Strait this year.
    • 1977, Selig S. Harrison, China, Oil and Asia: Conflict Ahead?[3], New York: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 1:
      It was New Year's Eve, and the eighteen American officials who had hurriedly gathered in the State Department Operations Room on 31 December 1970, were still sharply divided after four hours of discussion.¹ The issue was what, if anything, the Seventh Fleet should do in the event of Chinese naval action against the U.S. seismic survey vessels then beginning to explore for oil in disputed waters of the East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and the Yellow Sea.
    • 2005, Bill Clinton, My Life[4], volume II, New York: Vintage Books, →ISBN, page 314:
      China liked the Taiwanese investment, but could not agree to give up its claim to sovereignty over the island; finding the right balance between economic pragmatism and aggressive nationalism was a constant challenge for China's leaders, especially during election season in Taiwan. I thought China had gone too far with the missile tests, and quickly, but without fanfare, I ordered a carrier group from the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet to sail to the Taiwan Strait. The crisis passed.

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The IHO's Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd ed., the current formal international standard, does not delimit the Taiwan Strait and includes its waters within the South China Sea. The unapproved draft for the next edition defines the strait and places it between the two seas. Informal usage already distinguishes the strait from the two seas.

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