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Thy asked in TravelAsia PacificTaiwan · 1 decade ago

Why is Republic of China called Taiwan?

Hey, I have a project I have to do about Taiwan, and I just wondered Republic of China is called Taiwan?

Please HELP

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Taiwan was the Chinese name of the western region of the main island, which was colonized by the Chinese, with Formosa being the name given to the whole of the island by Europeans. Around 1900 the entire island was called Taiwan by the Japanese, and then by the Chinese.

    The Republic of China is a government which came to live on Taiwan after World War 2.

    Thus, there is slight, but nevertheless significant, distinction between the two terms. To clarify, Taiwan is the actual land, and the Republic of China is a government currently occupying and controlling it. The USA has continued to state its authority in defending Taiwan because the land has never been ceded by them to anyone else. Meanwhile, the USA is allowing the Chinese to work out their differences regarding the "One China Policy". It's sort of like the ROC is the renter, and the USA is the landlord. Should the ROC choose to reunite with the PRC (aka Mainland China), then they can simply leave the island and return home, and then Taiwan could be an independent country.

    Please, ignore the monkey. He's always posting inaccuracies in this section due to his anger management problem.

    Source(s): WNL
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  • 5 years ago

    Actually Taiwan is part of Republic of China

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  • 1 decade ago

    Currently (in theory) there are two governments of China. There is the People's Republic of China created by Mao and the communists. There is the Republic of China, which is the Kuomintang who used to own china, but were defeated in a civil war back in 1949, and fled to the island currently referred to as Taiwan, and claimed they would come back. That never happened, now the R.O.C. is seen as a bit of a joke even by the people in Taiwan, who would like to clarify that they don't want to own China, and no longer are interested in war, just money making and food making, and running their own island without interference from Chinese outsiders.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Republic of China is still the ROC, its just Taiwan is just their common name since it is the name of the main island. Sort of like how the US or America is the common name of the United States of America, or Thailand is the common name for the Kingdom of Thailand.

    I am not 100% on this one, but I think it also had something to do with when ROC government sought to get back into the UN they were petitioning under the name of Taiwan instead of the ROC, showing that they are not claiming China or something like that.

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  • 5 years ago

    Its official name is ROC, but many Taiwanese want to be independent from China. So, they prefer to be called Taiwan.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it's simple

    one man(Chiang Kai-shek) once owned mainland (now China)and Taiwan,the country name is Republic of China

    another man(Mao) defeat him then own mainland,he change the country name as PRC

    so Chiang Kai-shek escape to Taiwan,and still call the country as Republic of China, but he just control Taiwan a smll island.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To appease the Red Chinese who think they are the only China and that Taiwan is really a part of them. As long as they call it Taiwan the Reds accept their independence.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Taiwan is also called Formosa. These are historical names of the island.

    Taiwan was invaded and occupied by a gang of Chinese hooligans in 1949. The bums are still there. They pretended to create a government, calling themselves the Republic of China, but no other country recognizes them as legitimate. The nations of the world have a "One China Policy" that recognizes the People's Republic of China (capitol in Beijing) as the only legitimate government of Taiwan.

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