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Why did the Republic of China retract its simplified Chinese characters?

Victor Henry Mair is an American Sinologist and professor of Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania, and this is what he wrote (emphasis mine): An English language report in The Quarterly ...
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How was Taiwan involved in the Thirty Years' War?

Spanish Formosa and Dutch Formosa were respectively Spanish and Dutch colonies in Taiwan. The importance of the colonies was not only in extracting value from the colonies themselves, but also in ...
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What is the first recorded contact with Taiwan by Europeans?

From [1] These rutters ... allude to Formosa, sometimes under the sobriquet of Lequeo Pequeno (Little Luchu), since the distinction between the Ryukyu Islands and Formosa was not always clear to the ...
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What is the first recorded contact with Taiwan by Europeans?

A book chapter by Rui Manuel Loureiro, in the book Taiwan - A Bridge between the East and South China Seas, Angela Schottenhammer (ed.), 2011, addresses these questions in detail. It's difficult to ...
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Have there been situations in US history or other countries, where a 2 person election will elect A, but by adding a third person, B is elected?

Yes, and with some frequency. It's widely accepted that the 1912, 1992, and 2000 Presidential elections saw this occurrence: In 1912, Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party split the Republican vote, allowing ...
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Are there cases where a civil war divided a country unevenly but stably, like China and Taiwan?

The criteria you set are quite extreme. Here are some examples that do not quite meet all of them, in part because the longer you go back in time, the more terms like "country", "...
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Besides the US in 1958, has there been a post-WWII show of force by any military in the Taiwan Strait (excluding Taiwan and China)?

There have been many such incidents. Perhaps the most notable example is President Clinton's deployment of the Nimitz battle group during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1996. This was in response ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that "Taiwan has always been part of China"?

This is not my answer but an invitation for history buffs to understand the history of Taiwan. It has been answered by a historian in Chinese & Global History -- Tonio Andrade of Emory Department ...
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Why do schools in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea use the Westminster Quarters as school chime?

This is my idea how this happen. Japan during the Meiji Era started the modernization of Japan and started copying everything western. I believe even the sailor suit used by school children was copied ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that "Taiwan has always been part of China"?

I assume your question is: Since People's Republic of China (PRC) exists, was Taiwan considered as part of it? It is more like a political question than historical, since the current situation of PRC ...
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How did Taiwan participate in the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58?

It doesn't seem like there is much information on this readily available in English, but here are a few scraps I could find. The Geographical Distribution of the International Geophysical Year ...
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Are there cases where a civil war divided a country unevenly but stably, like China and Taiwan?

Thinking of even/uneven/one-sided is misleading here. What really results in a split is the impossibility for one side to completely defeat the other, which can be for military, political, economic ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that "Taiwan has always been part of China"?

China hasn't always been China. Modern China is currently being ruled by insurrectionists. China can't handle what territories they already posess: negative side effects of industrialization famine ...
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Besides the US in 1958, has there been a post-WWII show of force by any military in the Taiwan Strait (excluding Taiwan and China)?

Only once. Just before Taiwanese elections in 1996, China held several missile tests into the Taiwan Strait, ostensibly to intimidate the Taiwanese into making more China-friendly votes. In response, ...
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What is the historical basis for the claim that "Taiwan has always been part of China"?

Regardless of territorial history, the PRC's claim of Taiwan stems from the civil war that had begun in China before Japan invaded in the 1930's, and resumed when war with Japan ended. The forces ...
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