- Taiwan Strait
Taiwan Strait A map showing the Taiwan Strait Area Traditional Chinese 臺灣海峽 or 台灣海峽 Simplified Chinese 台湾海峡 Hokkien POJ Tâi-ôan Hái-kiap Transcriptions Hakka - Romanization Thòi-vân Hói-hia̍p Mandarin - Hanyu Pinyin Táiwān Hǎixiá Min - Hokkien POJ Tâi-ôan Hái-kiap Wu - Romanization de平uae平 he上yah入 Cantonese (Yue) - Jyutping toi4waan1 hoi2haap3 Abbreviated as Traditional Chinese 臺海 or 台海 Simplified Chinese 台海 Transcriptions Hakka - Romanization Thòihói Mandarin - Hanyu Pinyin Táihǎi Min - Hokkien POJ Tâihái Wu - Romanization de平he上 Cantonese (Yue) - Jyutping toi4hoi2
The Taiwan Strait or Formosa Strait, formerly known as the Black Ditch, is a 180-km-wide (111.85-mile-wide) strait separating Mainland China and Taiwan. The strait is part of the South China Sea and connects to East China Sea to the northeast. The narrowest part is 130 km (81 mi) wide.
Fujian province in mainland China is to the west of the strait, while important islands like Kinmen, Xiamen Island, Pingtan Island, and the Matsu Islands lie just off the coast. To the east are the west coasts of Taiwan and Penghu. The island fishermen[specify] use the strait as a fishing resource. The Min and Jiulong Rivers empty into the strait.
There have been discussions about the strategic importance of the Taiwan Strait. Some Japanese politicians claimed that the Taiwan Strait is an essential sea route for oil shipment from the Middle East via the Malacca Strait to Japan. However, some have argued that this is merely an excuse for intervention since the sea lane east of Taiwan is even shorter 
The Strait has been the theatre for several military confrontations between Mainland China and Taiwan since the last days of the Chinese Civil War in 1949 when the Kuomintang (KMT) forces led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek retreated across the Strait and relocated its government on its final stronghold of Taiwan. A theoretical median maritime border known as the cross-strait median (海峽中線) also exist on the water to prevent certain transportation from passing.
As part of the People's Republic of China's National Expressway Plan, a tunnel or possibly a bridge, was proposed in 2005 to link the cities of Fuzhou, Fujian, China with Taipei, Taiwan across the strait （Map）. If such an extreme construction would ever be built, it would by far exceed the length of any man-made tunnel in the world today. Engineers in Beijing state that a tunnel is technically feasible. However, the Republic of China government had refused to open direct links out of concern for the island's security and in fear that by doing so it would have to recognize the People's Republic of China's one-China policy.
- Cross-Strait relations
- Battle of Kuningtou
- First Taiwan Strait Crisis
- Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
- Third Taiwan Strait Crisis
- Political status of Taiwan
- Taiwan Strait Tunnel Project
- China Airlines flight 611
- Luzon Strait
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