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An island in the East China Sea off the southeast coast of mainland China. It remained a Nationalist stronghold after the Communist revolution of 1949 and is now administered by Taiwan.
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(mætˈsuː) or


(Placename) an island group in Formosa Strait, off the SE coast of mainland China: belongs to Taiwan. Pop: 9800 (2007 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)
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(ˈmɑt su, ˈmæt-)

an island off the SE coast of China: administered by Taiwan. 11,000; 17 sq. mi. (44 sq. km).
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The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis marks the period in 1958 in which China launched a month-long artillery bombardment campaign targeting Taiwan's outlying territories of Kinmen and the Matsu Islands.
In this story about gracefully weathering loneliness and sorrow, Matsu tends his exquisite garden and frequently journeys to a leper colony, where he continues to care for his beloved.
The plotline follows the titular rickshaw man, played by Mifune, Matsugoro "Matsu", a poor man who nonetheless leads a happy, simple life.
The attack by German U-Boat U-63 happened on May 4, 1917 when the Transylvania, taken over as a troopship after completion in 1914, was sailing from Marseille to Alexandria, Egypt, being escorted by the Japanese destroyers Matsu and Sakaki.
According to the Atomic Energy Council, the country's top nuclear power regulator, several potential host rock areas are being evaluated, including the granite strata of the Taiwan-controlled island groups of Kinmen and Matsu and rock formations in the greater Nan'ao area in southern Yilan county.
with the Japanese ambassador Matsu Ba Yasi and his assistant Sue Takaha, the cultural and political situation in Iraq.
"Matsu, at VIZEN, is among the best Japanese chefs in America; [famed sushi chef] Morimoto visited and loved it.
The Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, on Economic Partnership (ASTEP) covers areas such as trade in goods, trade in services, investment, dispute settlement, e-commerce, government procurement and customs procedures.
Royce-boy is the class hamster and was super funny when Matsu, I mean Miss Matsuyoshi, couldn't igure out why he was so bloated all the time.
The story begins with Himiko, a young female shaman, returning to her Matsu village only to find destruction.
Tokyo, Jan 28, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the signing of a multi-million dollar supply contract, through its Taiwan subsidiary NEC (Taiwan) Co., Ltd, with Chunghwa Telecom to construct the Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) Submarine Cable system, a high-bandwidth non-repeater optical submarine cable that will link Taoyan (North Taiwan) with Matsu and Tainan (South Taiwan) with Kinmen through Penghu.