John Hostage wrote:
> I wonder why LC-PCC PS for 16.4 says to continue using China (Republic :
> 1949- ) for the government of Taiwan, when GEOnet and even the U.S.
> Department of State call it Taiwan.
I'm guessing it's because "Taiwan" is also established as the name of the island and province. The Republic of China covers (a little bit) more than just Taiwan, and the nation itself considers "Republic of China" to be its name, not "Taiwan".
This seems to be the same principle as that behind "Korea (North)" and "Korea (South)", because the names are, respectively, "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" and "Republic of Korea". "North" and "South" are not parts of the names, only given as qualifiers in the established names in our authority file.
The PS 126.96.36.199 says to give "consideration" to the forms found on GEOnet. I think that using GEOnet and/or U.S. Dept. of State as an absolute authority on place names outside the U.S. would be a bit U.S.-centric.
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