Area Total 9,596,960 sq km
Climate extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north
Natural Resources coal, iron ore, helium, petroleum, natural gas, arsenic, bismuth, cobalt, cadmium, ferrosilicon, gallium, germanium, hafnium, indium, lithium, mercury, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, antimony, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, selenium, strontium, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, rare earth elements, uranium, hydropower potential (world’s largest), arable land
Imports South Korea 9.7%, Japan 9.1%, US 8.5%, Germany 5.3%, Australia 5.1% (2017) – electrical and other machinery, including integrated circuits and other computer components, oil and mineral fuels; optical and medical equipment, metal ores, motor vehicles; soybeans
Government communist party-led state
Capital Beijing
Population 1.4 billion (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Han Chinese 91.6%, Zhuang 1.3%, other (includes Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol, Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai, and other nationalities) 7.1% (2010 est.)
Language Standard Chinese or Mandarin (official; 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)
Exports US 19%, Hong Kong 12.4%, Japan 6%, South Korea 4.5% (2017) – Exports – commodities field listing
electrical and other machinery, including computers and telecommunications equipment, apparel, furniture, textiles

News about China

  • Russia-China trade soars official
    on December 3, 2022

    Trade between the countries has increased by 30% compared to last year, according to MoscowTrade between Russia and China has continued to grow this year, hitting $129 billion in the first nine months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Friday.Speaking via video link at the 26th regular session between the Chinese and Russian heads of […]

  • Shraddha murder case: On his request for a book, Tihar Jail authorities provide accused Aaftab 'The Great Railway Bazaar'
    on December 3, 2022

    New Delhi [India], December 3 (ANI): On the request of Aaftab Amin Poonawala, accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, the Tihar jail authorities gave him a copy of 'The Great Railway Bazaar', jail sources said on Saturday. "The murder accused Aaftab, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail, requested police for an English novel to read […]

  • Asia Junior Championships: Unnati scripts history, becomes first Indian to enter U-17 singles final
    on December 3, 2022

    Nonthaburi [Thailand], December 3 (ANI): Rising shuttler Unnati Hooda created history at the Badminton Asia U-17 and U-15 Junior Championships 2022 by becoming the first Indian to enter the U-17 singles final after thrashing Japan's Mion Yokouchi 21-8, 21-17 on Saturday. The U-15 singles player Anish Thoppani and the U-17 men's doubles pair of Arsh Mohammad […]

  • Russia-China trade soars - official
    on December 3, 2022

    Trade between the countries has increased by 30% compared to last year, according to Moscow Trade between Russia and China has continued to grow this year, hitting $129 billion in the first nine months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Friday. Speaking via video link at the 26th […]

  • China's lockdown policy affects export-fuelled industries, pushes Beijing towards WANA region: Report
    on December 3, 2022

    Beijing [China], December 3 (ANI): China's lockdown policy has affected its export-fuelled industries and brought them to a "grind", forcing Beijing to establish trade and investment links with the West Asia North Africa (WANA) nations, Geopolitik reported. China's recent outreach to West Asia North Africa (WANA) nations underlines that it is seeking solace […]

  • Check out 10 most expensive cities in the world
    on December 3, 2022

    New Delhi [India], December 3 (ANI): According to a new index, the Russian war in Ukraine and the pandemic's aftereffects have caused the cost of living to go up by 8.1 per cent in 2022. CNN has quoted the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living Index for this year, according to which 2022 was, indeed, quite an expensive year! The index […]

  • Chinese military outposts in disputed South China Sea pose danger to region's landscape
    on December 3, 2022

    Geneva [Switzerland], December 3 (ANI): The geomorphologic stability of the South China Sea is in danger due to the Chinese militarization of man-made islands in the region, according to a media report. According to The Geneva Daily, China's militarization of 20 outposts in the Paracel Islands and seven in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea […]

  • Uyghur siblings blame CCP's strict Covid measures for death of family members
    on December 3, 2022

    Beijing [China], December 3 (ANI): Blaming the CCP's 'draconian' lockdowns and strict Covid-19 measures, Uyghur siblings, who lost loved ones in the fire tragedy in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, said their relatives might still be alive if the personnel of the neighbourhood committee had opened their doors. One of the Uyghur […]

  • FM issues report on China-Arab cooperation in new era
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a report on China-Arab cooperation in the new era, laying out prospects and the way forward for building a community with a shared future of China and Arab states. The report said the relations between China and Arab states are time-honored, and their long history of exchanges has set an […]

  • Guest Opinion: When democracy becomes who-is-worse game
    on December 3, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua by Xin PingBEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Seventy-five years ago, Winston Churchill touted Western democracy as the "less worse" among all forms of government. Today, a race-to-the-bottom ambiance is be

  • COVID-19: Tibetans in Dharamshala extend support to Chinese protestors
    on December 3, 2022

    Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], December 3 (ANI): After reports of a crackdown on Covid protests throughout China, Tibetans living in exile have expressed solidarity with the Chinese people, who are under strict coronavirus rules since the start of the pandemic. "It is an unprecedented visual we are looking at. Since Tiananmen Square (1989), we have […]

  • Research: Laser therapy helps improve short term memory problems
    on December 3, 2022

    Birmingham [UK], December 3 (ANI): In a study that was recently published in Science Advances, laser light therapy was found to be successful in enhancing short-term memory. Researchers from Beijing Normal University and the University of Birmingham in the UK and China showed that non-invasive therapy can increase working memory in persons by up to 25 per […]

  • China Sports Weekly (11.27-12.3)
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines over the past week:1. Liu, Achanta elected ITTF Athletes' Commission chairs© Provided by Xinhua China's Liu Shiwen and India's Sharath Kamal Achanta were

  • China Focus: Chinese people continue to mourn Jiang Zemin
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- For days, people throughout China are in mourning for former leader Jiang Zemin, who died Wednesday in Shanghai at the age of 96. "It was a few minutes before I realized what had happened. I was very sad." Wang Yuge, secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) branch of a working team of Tianjin Port Container Terminal Co., […]

  • China's logistics networks remain resilient: analyst
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's logistics networks largely remained resilient last month with stable freight volume growth of major enterprises, an analyst said, while cautioning against COVID-19 impacts. The sector maintained a relatively strong capacity for providing logistics services in November, said Hu Han, from the China Logistics Information […]

  • Macron ends US visit with New Orleans trip, meetup with Elon Musk
    on December 3, 2022

    President Emmanuel Macron on Friday visited New Orleans, a city emblematic of historic Franco-American ties, to promote the French language and conclude his state visit to the United States.The French president, on the third day of a US trip that included a lavish reception at the White House a night earlier, strolled New Orleans's historic French Quarter - […]

  • China's electronic information manufacturing reports steady output growth
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's electronic information manufacturing sector logged a steady expansion in production in the first 10 months of this year, official data showed. The combined added value of major firms, each with an annual business revenue of at least 20 million yuan (about 2.8 million U.S. dollars) in the sector, rose 9.5 percent year on […]

  • "We keep a close watch...": Navy Chief on Chinese ships in Indian Ocean Region
    on December 3, 2022

    New Delhi [India], December 3 (ANI): Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Saturday said that the Indian Navy is keeping a close watch on all developments in the Indian Ocean, including the movement of Chinese Navy ships that operate in the region. "There are a lot of Chinese ships which operate in the Indian Ocean Region. We have about 4-6 PLA Navy ships, […]

  • Uyghur News Recap: Nov. 18Dec. 2, 2022
    on December 3, 2022

    WASHINGTON - Here's a summary of recent Uyghur-related news from around the world:Uyghurs in exile struggle to keep culture aliveNational Geographic documents how Uyghurs living in exile in Turkey, Japan and other countries strive to hold on to their language, culture and Uyghur identity.EU set to r

  • China Eases Some COVID Restrictions Following Protests
    on December 3, 2022

    Days after protests erupted in China over the country's strict zero-COVID policy, there are signs the government is beginning to ease its testing requirements and quarantine rules in some cities, but it is unclear whether the measures will go far enough to appease those who have been in lockdown for so long.Some called for more protests in China this […]

  • US Forces Monitor Mideast Skies at Qatar Base Amid World Cup
    on December 3, 2022

    As World Cup fans throng stadiums across Qatar, about 8,000 American troops stationed just nearby watch over the airspace of the tumultuous Middle East from a major base run by this energy-rich nation.Built on a flat stretch of desert about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Qatari capital Doha, Al-Udeid Air Base once was considered so sensitive that […]

  • Microbial oxidation greatly reduces ocean methane emissions: study
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A team of Chinese scientists and their overseas counterparts has discovered that nearly half of methane in nutrient-rich shallow marine waters is consumed by microbes before its emission to the atmosphere. "This discovery implies that the role of microbial oxidation for methane removal is more important than we previously […]

  • Smuggled products worth 5 mln USD seized in China's Fujian
    on December 3, 2022

    FUZHOU, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A smuggling case involving about 600 tonnes of frozen food worth approximately 36 million yuan (about 5.1 million U.S. dollars) has been cracked, according to coast guard authorities in east China's Fujian Province. After receiving tip-offs in early November, coast guard officials tracked two ships off the coast of Fuzhou, capital […]

  • China's policy bank ups loan support for rural roads
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Agricultural Development Bank of China, the country's rural policy bank, has strengthened its financial support for the construction of roads in the country's rural areas. The bank's outstanding loans to facilitate rural road development surpassed 254 billion yuan (about 36 billion U.S. dollars) by the end of October, up 28.5 […]

  • Free gene mutation tests offer Hong Kong lung cancer patients hope for targeted drugs that could prolong life
    by Sammy Heung on December 3, 2022

    Testing programme wants to recruit 1,800 late-stage patients who will be checked for gene mutations.

  • Oscar-winning documentarian Julia Reichert passes away at 76
    on December 3, 2022

    Washington [US], December 3 (ANI): Veteran documentarian Julia Reichert, who won an Oscar in 2020 for her feature 'American Factory,' passed away at the age of 76 due to cancer. The news of her death was confirmed by Variety. According to Variety, a US-based news outlet, across her more than 50 years as a filmmaker, Reichert received four Academy Award […]

  • Xinhua Headlines: China-Laos Railway puts travel, trade on fast track
    on December 3, 2022

    VIENTIANE/KUNMING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- For 32-year-old Kingkeo Duangphanam, who lives in the northern Luang Prabang province of Laos, going to the capital Vientiane in the far south of the country once meant an arduous trek of eight hours, sometimes nine, by bus. Now it takes only two hours, by rail. Since the opening of the China-Laos Railway, Kingkeo has […]

  • GLOBALink | Chinese village boasts volcano-themed tourism
    on December 3, 2022

    HAIKOU, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- With more than 800 years of history, a Chinese village in the southern tropical island of Hainan boasts tourist spots made of lava rocks.Local authorities have paid much attention to the protection of Sanqing Village, which was put on a national list of traditional villages in 2014.According to official figures, the average annual […]

  • Feature: Winter sports season about to burst into life in NW China
    on December 3, 2022

    LANZHOU, China, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Watching athletes skiing in the cold wind, Liu Pengfei, head of training and competition department of Gansu Winter Sports Management Center, instructed his boys and girls how to speed up on the track. Liu and his athletes have been training at the Baiyin national snow sports training base in northwest China's Gansu […]

  • Coronavirus Hong Kong: further curbs easing unlikely before end of winter peak season and wider adoption of bivalent jabs, experts say
    by Cannix Yau,Ezra Cheung on December 3, 2022

    ‘We also need to wait for a period of time for wider adoption of the second-generation vaccine and for the pandemic to start to stabilise’, Professor David Hui says.

  • China blasts US for coercive diplomacy
    on December 3, 2022

    Beijing responded after Washington's top diplomat accused China of preparing a military build-upChina has called on the US to drop its "coercive diplomacy" after a senior US official suggested Beijing poses a threat to the "rules-based international order," pointing out Washington's long history of aggressive foreign policies.Speaking during a Friday

  • China scoops up cheap Russian oil Bloomberg
    on December 3, 2022

    Refiners have reportedly increased purchases as latest EU sanctions are about to kick inChina's oil refiners have started to snap up Russian crude shipments amid sharply lower prices and the looming EU price-cap measure, Bloomberg reported on Friday.According to its report citing anonymous traders, Chinese private processors, or teapots, purchased several […]

  • OPEC+ mulling deeper output cuts analysts
    on December 3, 2022

    The EU's looming restrictive measures against Russian supply may force the energy alliance to slash production furtherThe Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) could impose deeper cuts in oil output this week as the organization weighs the impact of the looming EU sanctions on Russian crude, CNBC reported Friday, citing […]

  • VOA Interview December 2: John Kirby
    on December 3, 2022

    white house - VOA White House correspondent Paris Huang spoke with John Kirby, National Security Council (NSC) Coordinator for Strategic Communications, on Friday about protests in China, the Chinese military, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Russian war in Ukraine.The following transcript has been edited for clarity.VOA: We'll start with the protests happening […]

  • Beijing officials urge Hong Kong to highlight its common law heritage, strong legal system to contribute to belt and road plan
    by Chris Lau on December 3, 2022

    Hong Kong’s status as sole common law jurisdiction in China makes it a good connector for mainland and places with similar legal systems, Beijing official says.

  • 5 killed, 2 injured in east China construction site fire
    on December 3, 2022

    NANJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A fire at a construction site in Xuzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, has killed five people and injured two others, local authorities said Saturday. The fire broke out at about 4:50 p.m. Friday and was put out about five and a half hours later. Following rescue efforts, all seven people trapped in the accident site were […]

  • China scoops up cheap Russian oil - Bloomberg
    on December 3, 2022

    Refiners have reportedly increased purchases as latest EU sanctions are about to kick in China's oil refiners have started to snap up Russian crude shipments amid sharply lower prices and the looming EU price-cap measure, Bloomberg reported on Friday. According to its report citing anonymous traders, Chinese […]

  • China's 'Blank-Page Revolution' gets global attention
    on December 3, 2022

    Beijing [China], December 3 (ANI): Blank sheets of paper, held by Chinese protestors, have become a symbol of a mass uprising being witnessed against the strict zero-COVID policy of Communist-ruled China. A CNN report said that white papers are metaphors for the countless critical posts, news articles, and outspoken social media accounts that were wiped […]

  • China's lottery ticket sales up in October
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's lottery ticket sales reached 29.72 billion yuan (about 4.21 billion U.S. dollars) in October 2022, up 1.1 percent year on year, data from the Ministry of Finance showed. Sales of lottery tickets to support the welfare system came in at 10.99 billion yuan last month, a decrease of 12.7 percent from a year ago. Lottery […]

  • China, Africa hold forum on youth volunteering
    on December 3, 2022

    BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The China-Africa Youth Forum on Volunteering opened on Friday, with the theme of uniting the strengths of youth volunteering to build China-Africa development partnerships. Keynote speakers discussed China's development and international cooperation in the area of youth volunteering, and Africa's policies to boost youth […]

  • South Korea arrests ex-security chief over border shooting
    on December 3, 2022

    The decision comes two years after a South Korean government employee was shot dead near the border with North Korea A former senior South Korean security official has been arrested on allegations that he tried to cover up a 2020 shooting incident near the border with North Korea, with prosecutors claiming […]

  • West plays catch up with China on critical minerals race
    on December 3, 2022

    Hong Kong, December 3 (ANI): Western countries are trying to catch up with China in the race to acquire critical minerals after the former acquired the first movers' advantage. Critical minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements are essential components in many of today's rapidly growing energy technologies, including wind […]

  • Hong Kong athlete signals stop at Dubai powerlifting event following another anthem blunder
    by Laura Westbrook on December 3, 2022

    ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ played instead of Chinese national anthem at powerlifting event in Dubai; incident follows series of mix-ups at rugby matches.

  • Durham Cricket appoints Ryan Campbell as head coach on 3-year-deal
    on December 3, 2022

    Durham [UK], December 3 (ANI): Durham Cricket has appointed former Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell as their new head coach. "Durham Cricket are delighted to announce the appointment of Ryan Campbell as the Club's new Head Coach," said a statement from the county on Friday. The 50-year-old Australian, who has previously coached internationally with the […]

  • China blasts US for 'coercive diplomacy'
    on December 3, 2022

    Beijing responded after Washington's top diplomat accused China of preparing a "military build-up" China has called on the United States to drop its "coercive diplomacy" after a senior US official suggested Beijing poses a threat to the "rules-based international order," pointing out Washington's lon

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