Honestly, the propaganda ministry auto-trolls on the One China issue. For international events, whenever a news organization notes the number of countries participating, if Taiwan has an independent delegation, we have to write it as "x number of countries and regions," which is incredibly ambiguous since a region can be a subset of a country or vice-versa.
Just because of Taiwan.
To tell the truth, I think they should just write "(x - 1) number of countries plus Taiwan".
Aside from Russia, most of the world's largest/most populated countries fit this mold. Weird. Didn't know that.
There are quite a lot, but I'm gonna mention Brazil. Always hear people mistake Sao Paulo the very large city as its capital city.
@Yolanda, I was talking about mainland news media using "x countries and regions," where "regions" is really just one "region" that's not a country, and that's Taiwan. Taiwanese would not consider Taiwan a mere "region," and would use "x countries."
I thought Holland counted? Unless Rotterdam is actually the capital and not Amsterdam