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Learn more about China.
Flag of China China
Population: 1,298,847,624 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Beijing
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An Introduction to China
For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, China was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established a dictatorship that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping gradually introduced market-oriented reforms and decentralized economic decision making. Output quadrupled by 2000. Political controls remain tight while economic controls continue to be relaxed.

China map

Map of China ( Location ) : 35 00 N, 105 00 E, Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam. For additional reports and educational information specific to China, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Chinese Flag
Red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner.

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  1. China
  2. India
  3. United States
  4. Indonesia
  5. Brazil
  6. Russia
  7. Pakistan
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Japan
10. Nigeria
11. Mexico
12. Germany
13. Philippines
14. Vietnam
15. Egypt
16. Turkey
17. Iran
18. Ethiopia
19. Thailand
20. United Kingdom
21. France
22. Italy
23. Congo
24. Ukraine
25. South Korea
26. South Africa
27. Burma
28. Colombia
29. Spain
30. Poland

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about China.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.57%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 70.4 yrs - Male
    • 73.72 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 263 million (2003)

Televisions:
    • 400 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 417,000,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .cn

Did you know ... People from China are called Chinese
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook