|The issue of Taiwan and mainland China is complex. The People's
Republic of China claims sovereignty over Taiwan. Although Taiwan
functions independently, its government has never formalized
independence, and Taiwan is not recognized as independent by the United
Nations or most countries, including the U.S.
Geographic maps show China and Taiwan in the same color, and use
provincial type for Taiwan and an autonomous capital symbol (open
bull's-eye) for Taipei. In NG atlases, the area figure given for China
does not include Taiwan.
For Taiwan generally use Wade-Giles system for personal names and
place-names. For well-known names, pinyin may be given within
See also People's Republic Of China.