from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In Pinyin Jin·men (jĭnˈmĕnˈ)Quemoy An island and group of 2 islands and 12 islets off southeast China in Taiwan Strait. The islands are heavily fortified and have been administered, along with Matsu, by Taiwan since the Chinese Revolution of 1949.

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  • proper n. a small archipelago, also known as Kinmen, in southern China


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  • Imagine that we were to invent a prize called the Quemoy and Matsu award for the story whose media coverage (as measured in minutes of air time and column-inches of newspaper coverage) was most out of proportion to its actual long-term importance to the well being of our Republic.

    Hillary's Chief Strategist On Wright: It's Time To "Move On"

  • Sample the shop's famous Taiwanese sorghum liquor -- a fiery concoction brewed on Kinmen (also known as Quemoy, a small island in the Taiwan Strait controlled by Taiwan) -- and take a gift bottle with you.


  • In the 1960 U.S. presidential election, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy squared off over Kinmen (then called Quemoy) and another nearby island, with both agreeing to send U.S. troops if China invaded.

    Chinese Tourists

  • Kinmen, formerly known as Quemoy, is the home of two of the 11 Taiwan ports now authorized to receive goods and passengers directly from China. --

  • In the late 1950s, Matsu and another archipelago called Quemoy took their places alongside Berlin or Korea on the international map of Cold War flash points.


  • Earlier this year, Taiwan began removing anti-ship barricades in Kinmen, also known as Quemoy, as part of a broader effort to demilitarize the islands.

    Reuters: Top News

  • Earlier this year, Taiwan began removing anti-ship barricades in Kinmen, also known as Quemoy, as part of a broader effort to demilitarise the islands.


  • In 1958, China bombed the islands of Kinmen, also known as Quemoy, for weeks as it tried to seize them.

    China Defense Blog

  • At page 165 it says: "The islands off the south China coast, such as Quemoy, Matsu and Wuchiu are strategically important because they will serve as springboards for the Chinese armed forces in the coming counter-attack on the mainland."

    Chinese Nationalism Old and New

  • Congress then voted the President authority to employ the Armed Forces of the United States for the defense not only of Formosa but of related positions, such as Quemoy and Matsu, if I believed their defense to be appropriate in assuring the defense of Formosa.

    The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area


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