Taiwan Strait

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Taiwan Strait,

Chinese Taiwan haixia, arm of the Pacific Ocean, between China's Fujian coast and Taiwan, linking the East and South China seas. It contains the PescadoresPescadores
, Mandarin Penghu or P'eng-hu, group of 64 small islands (2010 pop. 86,967), area c.50 sq mi (130 sq km), in Taiwan Strait, c.25 to 30 mi (40–50 km) off the west coast of Taiwan. They comprise a county of Taiwan.
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. It is also called the Formosa Strait.
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The flash point was the Strait of Taiwan. When China conducted missile tests and military exercises there in 1996, the United States sent two aircraft carriers to the area to remind China of its vast superiority, a deterrence to China's aggressive posture to regain Taiwan.
A line that begins in the Sea of Japan, runs south through the East China Sea and the Strait of Taiwan, and pushes further south into the South China Sea and west through the Strait of Malacca.
''His rhetoric isn't entirely helpful...the status quo in the Strait of Taiwan is militarily beneficial,'' he said during a seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The March 14 vote by the Chinese National People's Congress on Taiwan may do little to change Beijings approach: although there are about 700 missiles pointed across the Strait of Taiwan at the renegade island, China is prepared to tolerate a de facto separation of Taiwan and to work for peaceful reunification.