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Pratas Island

Pratas Island (präˈtäs) [key], also called Dongsha Island dŏngˈshäˈ, in the South China Sea, controlled by Taiwan and administered as part of Kaohsiung. A national park, the island is part of an atoll and has guano deposits. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1907–9 and again in 1939–45; it is also claimed by China.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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