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I have always wondered why Taiwan was assigned the country code numberof 886 for international calls, since the code for China, 86, is soclose. It appearsthat whoever did the assigning of numbers considers Taiwan to be apart of China, since no other country in Asia has a code that isanywhere nearthe code number of another country. Vietnam is 84, the Philippines is63, Thailand is 66 and Japan is 81. Indonesia has itsown country code, 62, and Malaysia uses 60 as its code.So why does Taiwan, the ROC, get a code that is so similar to China,the PRC? Is 886 just a subset is 86? I wonder: who doled out these numbers?I did some research and found out. The InternationalTelecommunications Union (ITU), which gives out these codes forinternational calls, publishes alist of 192countries on its website, and Taiwan is not on the list. China and 191other countries are. Taiwan is considered as part of China ("Taiwan,China - 886"). Can this mistake be corrected someday, with Taiwanissued a new international country code? Maybe 88 would do fine.
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