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(mä`dzo͞o`), Taiwanese island, in the East China Sea, off Fujian prov., China, E of Fuzhou, and c.100 mi (160 km) from Taiwan. Along with QuemoyQuemoy
, Chin. Chinmen, Kinmen, or Jinmen, Taiwanese island group (1990 pop. 81,479), Taiwan Strait, just off Fujian prov., China, and c.150 mi (240 km) W of Taiwan.
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, it remained a Chinese Nationalist outpost after the Communist victory on the mainland in 1949. The People's Republic of China began bombarding the island again in 1958, but the deployment of the U.S. 7th Fleet prevented an escalation of the hostilities. After 1990 Taiwan reduced the military forces stationed on Matsu, civilian rule was restored in 1993, and restrictions on travel to the island were ended in 1994. Limited direct travel to and trade with the mainland has been permitted since Jan., 2001.


A common Japanese pine; used in house construction.


, Mazu
an island group in Formosa Strait, off the SE coast of mainland China: belongs to Taiwan. Pop.: 3145 (1990 est.). Area: 44 sq. km (17 sq. miles)
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On July 7, residents of Matsu, a cluster of islands northwest of Taiwan, voted in a referendum to host casino resorts.
And for any who don't know, Matsu is a small offshore island once hotly quarreled over by the two Chinas.
The 22 papers selected from the conference discuss such topics as Castle Pinckney, the structural assessment of heritage buildings, opportunities and strategies for an urban regeneration around fortifications in the Spanish city of Cadiz, reinventing the Brooklyn Navy Yard: a national model for sustainable urban industrial job creation, transforming a Cold War military heritage site into a new tourist destination in Taiwan's Matsu Archipelago, and the territorial relationship of heritage defense sites and military bases.
Events such as the Quemoy and Matsu crisis and the creation of SEATO are woven into the dialogue, as are establishment of the Army's Special Forces Groups, the Air Force Academy, and the initial flights of various aircraft that participated in the war.
The other nominees are Xu Fan, who plays a widow in "Aftershock," and "Confessions" star Takako Matsu.
Matsu is also located just a few miles off another major port of China.
Having built Sagem Matsu by achieving considerable year on year growth and then successfully managing the acquisition between Sagem and Ingenico UK in 2008, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge which aligns significantly with Thyron's strategic business objectives for the future.
Travel agents on Taiwan's outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu will be allowed from May to apply online for travel permits on behalf of Chinese tour groups who want to visit the two islands via direct ferry services across the Taiwan Strait, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday.
During the upper house session, opposition lawmakers also criticized Hatoyama over his own funds scandal, with Akira Matsu of the New Komeito party attacking the prime minister over his claim to have been ignorant of the huge amount of funds that his mother had provided for his political activities.
Matsu said that, although he had heard about the murder before, he couldn't recognize Garipoglu while they were having a conversation.
He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Matsu Bowers; a stepdaughter, Chiisai Esposito of Fitchburg; three step-grandchildren, Gina and Edward Esposito and Amanda Baker; and two step-great-grandchildren, Tayla and Dominic Caissey, both of whom were also his Godchildren.