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Countries Closest to Taiwan

Can you name the 20 countries which lie geographically closest to Taiwan?
Excludes overseas territories
Quiz by Jerry928
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Last updated: May 18, 2022
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First submittedJune 9, 2019
Times taken67,970
Average score85.0%
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km
country
miles
4
China
3
107
Japan
67
156
Philippines
97
990
South Korea
615
1088
Vietnam
676
1439
North Korea
894
1444
Laos
897
1606
Cambodia
998
1664
Malaysia
1034
1734
Thailand
1077
km
country
miles
1774
Myanmar
1102
1977
Brunei
1228
2033
Indonesia
1263
2069
Russia
1296
2115
India
1314
2116
Palau
1315
2195
Mongolia
1364
2241
F. S. Micronesia
1392
2599
Bangladesh
1615
2628
Bhutan
1633
49 Comments
+30
Level 81
Jun 23, 2019
No Singapore? //Edit: having googled it, I see not.
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Level 73
Jun 24, 2019
I was also surprised not to see it on the list
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Level 76
Jun 24, 2019
It's 2908 km / 1807 miles away.
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Level 55
Oct 8, 2023
Looking at the map, I still can't wrap my head around the fact that F.S. Micronesia is closer than Singapore. It just

doesn't look right.

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Level 71
Jun 24, 2019
what about the USA? isn't Guam pretty close?
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Level 73
Jun 24, 2019
Using Google maps, USA should be on. From Guam to a small island off the Taiwanese cost (Xiao-lan Yu), there is a distance of 2609 km. Don't know if the quiz is using the main island and not the islands off the coast, though.
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Level 76
Jun 27, 2019
Overseas territories are excluded (as per the instructions), but if you include them, Guam is 2613 km / 1623 miles from that uninhabited offshore island. If you include overseas territories, but only count from the nearest inhabited island, at 2617 km / 1626 miles Guam still just makes the list. If you only count distances from mainland Taiwan, then Guam would slip off the list at 2685 km /1668 miles.
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2022
mainland taiwan?
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Level 50
Jul 11, 2022
Yeah, there’s some islands near of the coast of China and some more closer to the east
+2
Level 89
Jun 25, 2019
Haven't we seen this quiz before?
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Level 46
Sep 10, 2019
seen what?
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Level 70
Sep 11, 2019
I have made the exactly same quiz on February last year, the only thing different is mine includes overseas territories. Didn't get why it isn't featured first...
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Level 67
Sep 10, 2019
16.
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Level 71
Sep 10, 2019
I wonder how Federated States of Micronesia made it on this list. It seems pretty far away from Taiwan
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Level 76
Sep 10, 2019
The westernmost island in FSM is Yap, which is the distance you see in this quiz away. Micronesia's a large country though, in extent if not in land area; the distance to the "far" end of the country, at Kosrae, is 4830 km / 3001 miles.
+6
Level 68
Apr 21, 2020
Yap.
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Level 45
May 14, 2020
Got the first 8 right in a row. That was strange...
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Level 35
Aug 21, 2020
Got Micronesia and Palau in the last 16 seconds.
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Level 50
Oct 11, 2020
What about Thailand?
+4
Level 76
Oct 12, 2020
In the answer list!
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Level 44
Feb 1, 2021
no japan? seemed pretty close to me
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Level 35
Jul 15, 2021
yes japan
+5
Level 76
Jul 15, 2021
It's already there, and has always been there.
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Level 44
Feb 1, 2021
never mind
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Level 44
Oct 10, 2021
Isn't East Timor a consideration
+4
Level 76
Oct 10, 2021
Timor-Leste is 3436 km / 2135 miles away.
+4
Level 33
Oct 28, 2021
It's kinda weird to quiz anyone on the distance of a PROVINCE of China to other countries innit?
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Level 49
Jan 24, 2022
and i was thinking that this quiz wouldn't have someone in the comments blindly following lies pushed by the Chinese government saying that a fully functional independent country with official relations with 14 countries and unofficial relations with many others (including japan and the US), but here we are.

No, taiwan, in it's current state, is not a province of china, for the very reasons i just mentioned. It is also not THE China. It is it's own country.

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Level 62
May 18, 2022
Just like Ukraine is a legitimate country of Russia right? And Romania, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia. Taiwan is not part of China yet. Until they stretch their evil arm and attack it.
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Level 67
May 18, 2022
China should be part of Mongolia and USA should be part of UK.
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Level 59
Jan 13, 2023
And Delaware should be part of Sweden right
+1
Level 47
Jun 5, 2023
yes
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Level 26
Jan 30, 2023
China think Taiwan is still part of China and I see why, it isn't a UN member yet but it is independent and they can lie to their people AN AMOUNT OF TIMES. The confusing thing is that in their full names, China is People's Republic of China whilst Taiwan is Republic of China.

(Off topic but Taiwan is kinder).

So the conclusion is that Taiwan is its own country.

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Level 33
Apr 13, 2023
Countries that recognize Taiwan: Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Vatican City, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu. So we live in a world where it only takes 13 countries to recognize it to become a country? LMFAO If it is a country, why doesn't the US or the United Nations recognize it???
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Level 63
Dec 14, 2023
Because everybody is too scared of China to officially recognize them in public media. Just because there hasn't been an official statement from the government doesn't mean zero people in the country recognize them. In the US especially, a lot of people recognize Taiwan as independent.
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Level 76
Dec 14, 2023
In practice full diplomatic relations continue between Taiwan and most countries, but using different names than "embassy" and different concepts than "official recognition". For instance, the US conducts its diplomatic relations via something called the "American Institute in Taiwan", a contrivance which seems to have shut up the mainland Chinese government.
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Level 53
Dec 22, 2023
have you never heard of the one china policy? war would start if the us didn't recognize china
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Level 33
Apr 13, 2023
It's quite hilarious that even you said 14. You do know we have close to 200 countries in the world right? This is ludicrous.
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Level 28
Dec 14, 2023
stop yapping
+4
Level 57
Mar 16, 2022
Me: *gets Palau easily*

Also me: *forgets about Japan*

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Level 60
May 18, 2022
Me, but with Russia
+1
Level 56
May 18, 2022
Fun!
+1
Level 25
May 18, 2022
This is easy had about 1 minute left
+1
Level 48
May 18, 2022
Missed Palau, thought of it but with only 2 seconds left, too late

Also missed Vietnam which is annoying, guess i thought i had already typed it

Otherwise got em all

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Level 55
May 19, 2022
Maybe to make this less politically charged, include "excluding overseas territories and mainland China". I think adding the word "mainland" is enough of a bow to what's going on there.
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Level 59
Jan 13, 2023
darn you Bhutan
+1
Level 26
Jan 30, 2023
The 100% that got China (everyone) do not make it 99%
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Level 19
Dec 14, 2023
got palau but not brunei???
+1
Level 52
Dec 16, 2023
darn there are so many Communists on this list!