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China

Flag: China
Geography
 
Location:Between North Korea and Vietnam, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea and South China Sea
Area:Total: 9,596,960 sq km Land: 9,326,410 sq km Water: 270,550 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 22,117 km It has borders with Afghanistan 76 km, Bhutan 470 km, Burma 2,185 km, India 3,380 km, Kazakhstan 1,533 km, North Korea 1,416 km, Kyrgyzstan 858 km, Laos 423 km, Mongolia 4,677 km, Nepal 1,236 km, Pakistan 523 km, Russia (northeast) 3,605 km, Russia (northwest) 40 km, Tajikistan 414 km and Vietnam 1,281 km
Map: China
Climate:Extremely diverse. Tropical in south to subarctic in north
People
 
Population:1,321,851,888 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 20.4% (male 143,527,634/female 126,607,344) 15-64 years: 71.7% (male 487,079,770/female 460,596,384) 65 years and over: 7.9% (male 49,683,856/female 54,356,900) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%
Religions:Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2% note: officially atheist (2002 est.)
Languages:Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)
Government
 
Government type:Communist state
Capital:Beijing
Independence:221 BC (unification under the Qin or Ch'in Dynasty); 1 January 1912 (Manchu Dynasty replaced by a Republic); 1 October 1949 (People's Republic established)
Legal system:Based on civil law system. Derived from Soviet and continental civil code legal principles
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$10.21 trillion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$7,800 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 11.7% industry: 48.9% services: 39.3% note: industry includes construction (2006 est.)
Industries:Mining and ore processing, iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals, coal; machine building; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemicals; fertilizers; consumer products, including footwear, toys, and electronics; food processing; transportation equipment, including automobiles, rail cars and locomotives, ships, and aircraft; telecommunications equipment, commercial space launch vehicles, satellites
Currency (code):Yuan (CNY); note - also referred to as the Renminbi (RMB)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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