- The People's Republic of China, viewed as the general geographical region administered by the PRC in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War (as opposed to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan which are coastal and insular areas)
- 1957, Chiang, Chung-cheng (Kai-shek), “Conclusion”, in Soviet Russia in China: A Summing-up at Seventy, New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, LCCN 57010316, OCLC 955026629, page 348:
- Had my Government remained on the mainland, there would never have been such calamities as the Korean War and the Communist occupation of northern Korea and northern Indo-China. The place to begin combating Communism in Asia, therefore, is mainland China.
- 1978, Richard Nixon, RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon, Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, page 282:
- Many Americans were primarily Europeanists in their approach to foreign affairs, dismissing Asia as relatively unimportant. But the United States is a Pacific power, and rapid changes were taking place in Asia—where more than half the human race lived—that might well determine the world's future. Japan would soon be the world's third-ranking industrial power, behind the United States and the Soviet Union. Some of the most rapid rates of economic progress anywhere were being achieved by the nations of non-Communist Asia. And mainland China potentially posed the greatest threat to peace during the final third of the twentieth century.
- 1983 December 18, “Butterfield Tells Suffering On Mainland”, in Free China Weekly, volume XXIV, number 50, Taipei, ISSN 0016-0318, OCLC 1786626, page 1:
- Chinese Communist rule on mainland China during the past three decades has destroyed the vitality, spirit and cultural heritage of the Chinese people, said Fox Butterfield, during an address at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Dec. 11.
- 2004, Phil Macdonald, National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, National Geographic Society, →ISBN, OCLC 54962554, page 122:
- At Cihhu (Cihu), near the town of Dasi (Daxi), 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Taipei on Provincial Highway 7, Chiang Kai-shek lies entombed above ground in a granite and marble coffin in one of his former country villas. The gravesite is "temporary," as before his death Chiang had requested his body be returned to his native province of Zhejiang in mainland China.
- 2022 February 12, Siu, Twinnie; Marius Zaharia; Jessie Pang; Anne Marie Roantree, “Mainland China to help overwhelmed Hong Kong with COVID fight”, in Edwina Gibbs; Lincoln Feast; Jane Merriman, editors, Reuters, archived from the original on 13 February 2022, China:
- Hong Kong and mainland China are among few places in the world still aiming to suppress every COVID-19 outbreak, but the Omicron variant has proven tough to keep under control.
- 2022 March 18, Kang, Dake; Huizhong Wu, “China weighs exit from ‘zero COVID’ and the risks involved”, in AP News, archived from the original on 18 March 2022:
- In mainland China, authorities have shut down travel out of and within the hardest-hit province, Jilin in the northeast. More than 1,800 cases were reported in Jilin on Friday, out of 2,400 nationwide. Restrictions were partially eased, however, in Shenzhen, a major tech and finance hub bordering Hong Kong that had been locked down since Sunday.
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:mainland China.
- Also used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see mainland, China.
- 2022 April 26, Luna Sun, “China’s Hainan free-trade port tipped to deepen Asean ties, but island must ‘brave’ uncertainty”, in South China Morning Post, archived from the original on 26 April 2022:
- “Tourists could come to Hainan before going to places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore, and shop offshore duty-free products which could be directly delivered back home, each person can purchase as much as 100,000 yuan (US$15,255),” Shen said.
Tourists from Southeast Asian countries could also be inclined to visit Hainan before touring mainland China, he said.
Communist China understood via its geographical position