China

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

  • Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong hails return of lustre to ‘Pearl of the Orient’, warns residents to stay alert for ‘hostile forces’
    by Ng Kang-chung on January 26, 2022

    Beijing’s top representative to Hong Kong has urged residents to work with the city government by building on the positive progress made since the imposition of the national security law, urging them to remain alert against “hostile forces”.“The Pearl of the Orient has re-emerged with renewed lustre and glamour,” said Luo Huining, director of the […]

  • Peace eludes Durand Line as Taliban dismantle fence made by Pakistan
    on January 26, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], January 26 (ANI): As the Taliban try to establish themselves politically in Afghanistan, the simmering issue with Pakistan over the Durand Line has resurfaced as the Taliban damaged parts of the border fence erected by the Pakistan army. While Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi vowed to "resolve the issues diplomatically," […]

  • Johnson ambushed with cake excuse prompts jibes & memes
    on January 26, 2022

    Conservative MP Conor Burns, a long-time ally of Boris Johnson, says the PM's birthday party was a surprise oneSpeaking to Channel 4 News on Tuesday evening, Conservative MP Conor Burns defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the recent allegation that he broke his own Covid-19 restrictions when receiving a birthday cake in 2020.The revelation that […]

  • Hongkonger who displayed posters insulting judges overseeing first national security law trial pleads guilty to sedition
    by Brian Wong on January 26, 2022

    A man who displayed posters to insult three judges in charge of Hong Kong’s first national security law trial and call for further protests in the city has pleaded guilty to five counts of sedition-related offences.Property manager Kim Chiang Chung-sang returned to West Kowloon Court on Wednesday to admit some of the charges laid against him after police […]

  • 1st LD-Writethru: Profits of Chinese SOEs surge 30.1 pct in 2021
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The combined profits of China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) surged 30.1 percent year on year to nearly 4.52 trillion yuan (about 715 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021, official data showed Wednesday. The SOEs raked in 75.55 trillion yuan in their operating revenue last year, up 18.5 percent year on year, according to data from […]

  • Lao PM wishes Beijing Olympic Winter Games success
    on January 26, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh wishes Beijing 2022 great success.VIENTIANE, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh said on Tuesday that the Lao side has been paying close at

  • Chinese military to send relief supplies to Tonga
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese military will deliver emergency supplies to Tonga for disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction, a Chinese military spokesperson said Wednesday. Upon the request of Tonga, the Chinese military will dispatch air force transport aircraft and naval vessels to deliver disaster relief materials to the South Pacific […]

  • China's Hainan to offer free HPV vaccines to over 70,000 students
    on January 26, 2022

    HAIKOU, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's southernmost province of Hainan plans to provide free vaccines against cervical cancer to about 71,000 female students aged 13 to 14 and a half this year. The vaccination work is scheduled to start from the spring semester and will be carried out annually in phases. It is estimated to benefit 30,000 to 40,000 female […]

  • Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference to take place in March
    on January 26, 2022

    DUBAI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) -- The 18th annual Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition - DIHAD 2022, will take place from 14th to 16th March, 2022. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime

  • AFC Women's Asian Cup: Aussie captain Sam Kerr lends support to Indian team, says 'come back stronger'
    on January 26, 2022

    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 26 (ANI): Australia star Sam Kerr has lent her support to the Indian women's national team, issuing a heartfelt video message to the AFC Women's Asian Cup hosts on Wednesday. India's participation in the tournament came to an end on Sunday, when COVID-19 cases and injuries meant they were unable to name the minimum 13 […]

  • Luxury house on The Peak formerly owned by bankrupt HNA Group sells at a loss of US$15.4 million
    by Lam Ka-sing on January 26, 2022

    A luxury house on The Peak in Hong Kong has reportedly been sold by creditors of the bankrupt Chinese conglomerate HNA Group at a loss of some HK$120 million (US$15.4 million).House 6 at Twelve Peaks in the exclusive neighbourhood was sold to Guo Deying, who shares the same name as the founder of Coolpad Group, for HK$387 million two weeks ago, according to […]

  • Taiwan to boycott Beijing Games over diplomatic slights report
    on January 26, 2022

    An official has reportedly said that Taiwan, which disputes it is part of China's sovereign territory, will shun a diplomatic presence at the GamesTaiwan will join the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics because it expects China to flaunt pro-unification messages and prominently feature Taiwanese volunteers in promotional videos, a report has […]

  • China's new ambassador to Australia looks to bolster bilateral relations
    on January 26, 2022

    CANBERRA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's new ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian said he looks forward to working with the Australian government and others to jointly "push the China-Australia relations back to the right track." "The Chinese side always believes that a sound and steady China-Australia relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two […]

  • Behind Chinese Idioms: Restraining oneself to comply with social norms
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The ability to follow social norms has long been commended as propriety in China, as is reflected in the Chinese idiom "Ke Ji Fu Li," which means restraining one's words

  • Taiwan reports 92 new COVID-19 cases
    on January 26, 2022

    TAIPEI, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan reported 92 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 46 of which are locally-transmitted confirmed cases, while the other 46 are imported, the island's disease-monitoring agency said. The new local infections included 29 in Taoyuan and 12 in Kaohsiung, it said. Ten transmission chains among local infections have been identified […]

  • China discovers 100-million-tonne oil, gas reserves in Tarim Basin
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's largest oil refiner Sinopec has discovered a new oil and gas area with approximately 100 million tonnes of reserves in the Tarim Basin of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. These latest reserves in Sinopec's Shunbei oil and gas field are estimated to provide 88 million tonnes of condensate oil and 290 […]

  • China issues guideline to promote high-quality RCEP implementation
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China will push for the high-quality implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact and deepen reform via high-level opening-up, stated a guideline from the government released Wednesday. The country will align the opportunities provided by the trade pact with local development strategies, and help […]

  • Feature: Metaverse tech brings sci-fi feel to industrial relics in Beijing
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- A 3D metaverse show will offer visitors a unique and thrilling experience when touring a steel mill repurposed into a cultural and sports complex in suburban Beijing that will soon host some of the world's top athletes in the coming weeks. Hailing a pilotless minibus and shuttling through the rusty, out-of-use steel furnaces and […]

  • China launches 3-year action plan to crack down on money laundering
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in China have initiated a three-year action plan to combat money laundering, with the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) leading the campaign. The action plan, released by the PBOC, the MPS and nine other government departments, called for coordination and consultation among […]

  • Across China: Chinese tech giants looking to build metaverse
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- As "metaverse" became the buzzword of 2021, Chinese tech giants are also looking for opportunities in what might be the next phase in the internet's evolution. Since Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's official rebranding as Meta last October, Chinese tech companies have also been buzzing with the idea to build a vast digital […]

  • Hong Kong retail banks are having their worst time in a decade as low interest rates crimp profits
    by Enoch Yiu on January 26, 2022

    Hong Kong’s retail banks are having their worst time in a decade, as the low interest rates amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crimped profit margins across the industry for the third consecutive year.The average pre-tax profit of 30 licensed retail banks fell by 18.6 per cent in 2021, while bad or doubtful loans – known as classified loans in Hong Kong […]

  • Argentine president to attend Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics and visit China from Feb. 4 to 6, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday. Noting that Argentina has repeatedly expressed its firm support for China's hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Zhao expressed […]

  • Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Jan. 26
    on January 26, 2022

    TOKYO -- One of the questions during a university entrance examination may have been leaked during the test via a video calling app earlier this month, sources with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. As a result of the possible offense, Japan's police are looking into instances of cheating during the entrance exam, after a student from the prestigious […]

  • Xi Story: A taste of sweetness of Spring Festival
    on January 26, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- As Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, draws near, life is made sweeter thanks to blessings, family reunions, and, of course, festive dishes.Around this time of year, residents of Shenshan

  • Missing Arunachal boy: Chinese PLA 'responded positively' during hotline exchange with Indian Army, says Rijiju
    on January 26, 2022

    New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that a hotline was exchanged between the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Republic Day regarding the 19-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh who was reportedly found missing a week ago. "PLA responded positively indicating handing over of our national […]

  • Indian Embassy in Beijing celebrates 73rd Republic Day
    on January 26, 2022

    Beijing [China], January 26 (ANI): The Embassy of India in China celebrated India's 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday. Dr. Acquino Vimal, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, unfurled the Indian flag and read out President Ram Nath Kovind's message to the country. Taking to Twitter Embassy of India in Beijing said, "Cd'A Acquino Vimal unfurled the and […]

  • 1st LD-Writethru: China's spending on R&D reaches new high in 2021
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's spending on research and development (R&D) hit a new high of 2.44 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, up 0.03 percentage points from the previous year, official data showed Wednesday. The country's total expenditure on R&D amounted to about 2.79 trillion yuan (about 441.13 billion U.S. dollars) […]

  • Analysis: S. Korea sets low medal target for Beijing Winter Games
    on January 26, 2022

    by Xinhua writer Zhou Siyu, Lu Rui SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea has set a low-key target of winning a gold medal or two for a top-15 finish at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The low profile may help take some pressure off the South Korea Olympians and at the same time showed the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC)'s concerns for a series […]

  • The Pfizer Vaccine Triples the Risk of Myocarditis
    on January 26, 2022

    The Pfizer vaccine triples the likelihood of developing various forms of inflammation of the heart tissue, but these side effects are extremely rare. This was established by an international team of scientists, and their findings were published in an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine."Hong Kong residents who received one or two doses of Pfizer […]

  • IMF: Global Growth is Slowing, Inflation is Rising
    on January 26, 2022

    Covid-19's Omicron variant is creating obstacles to the global economy that will slow growth this year, especially the world's two largest economies, the IMF said.The Washington-based crisis creditor has lowered its global GDP forecast for 2022 to 4.4%, half a point less than the October estimate, due to "obstacles" caused by the latest epidemic, although […]

  • 2026 host Italy expects good performance in Beijing Olympics
    on January 26, 2022

    ROME, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Italy is poised to build on a record-setting success at last Summer Olympics, said Giovanni Malago, president of the Italian National Olympic Committee. The Italian team, announced earlier this week, will include 118 athletes, two fewer than that of the 2018 PyeongChang, and Malago expected this year's team will do better than its […]

  • Profits of Chinese SOEs surge 30.1 pct in 2021
    on January 26, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The combined profits of China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) surged 30.1 percent year on year to nearly 4.52 trillion yuan (about 715 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021, official data showed Wednesday.The

  • Beijing Sees Uptick in COVID Cases Ahead of Olympics
    on January 26, 2022

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Chinese capital reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as it began a third round of mass testing of millions of people in the run-up to the Winter Olympics. - Other Media news - The mass testing announcement, made late Tuesday by Beijing's Fengtai district on its social media account, prompted complaints from some residents who […]

  • Former senior official of Zhejiang expelled from CPC, office
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Jiangyong, a former senior official in east China's Zhejiang Province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office over serious violations of Party discipline and laws, the country's top anti-graft body announced Wednesday. Zhou was formerly a member of the Standing Committee […]

  • GLOBALink | Russia, China stand against politicizing sports: Putin
    on January 26, 2022

    MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- During a virtual meeting with Russian athletes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that both Russia and China oppose politicizing sports.Large international competitions can serve as "a stimulus for the popularization of sports in society," the Kremlin said, citing the Russian president.The main goal of international […]

  • Ukrainian general names possible date for 'Russian invasion'
    on January 26, 2022

    Earlier predictions that Moscow could be poised to stage an assault have been pushed backRussian tanks and troops could be just weeks away from rolling across the Ukrainian border and sparking an all-out conflict in Europe, one of Kiev's top generals has alleged.In an interview published in British newspaper The Times on Saturday, Lieutenant-General […]

  • China cuts 1.1 trln yuan of taxes, fees in 2021
    on January 26, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China cut about 1.1 trillion yuan (about 173.9 billion U.S. dollars) of taxes and fees in 2021 amid the country's efforts to bolster economic growth and strengthen market vitality, the top tax authority said

  • Former vice president of China Development Bank expelled from CPC, office
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- He Xingxiang, former vice president of China Development Bank, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office for grave violations of Party discipline and laws, the country's top anti-graft body said Wednesday. The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National […]

  • Winter Olympics: Zero COVID cases prestige issue for China
    on January 26, 2022

    Beijing [China], January 26 (ANI): Chinese citizens are locked in a never-ending cycle of COVID testing and no news about the resident's condition is permitted to leave the lockdown as the Chinese authorities do not want to embarrass the leadership in front of the world during the Winter Olympics in Beijing set to take place next month. Residents are made […]

  • Xi Focus-Closeup: A taste of sweetness of Spring Festival
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- As Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, draws near, life is made sweeter thanks to blessings, family reunions, and, of course, festive dishes. Around this time of year, residents of Shenshan Village in Jiangxi Province, east China, busy themselves with making "ciba." This festive snack is made by pounding cooked […]

  • 1st LD: China cuts 1.1 trln yuan of taxes, fees in 2021
    on January 26, 2022

    BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- China cut about 1.1 trillion yuan (about 173.9 billion U.S. dollars) of taxes and fees in 2021 amid the country's efforts to bolster economic growth and strengthen market vitality, the top tax authority said on Wednesday. Last year, the country rolled out a slew of preferential policies on deducting and deferring taxes and fees […]

  • Hong Kong plans to introduce long-shelved Article 23 anti-subversion bill to legislature in second half of 2022, security chief reveals
    by Christy Leung on January 26, 2022

    The Hong Kong government plans to introduce a long-shelved national security bill to the city’s legislature in the second half of the year, the security chief has revealed.Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung disclosed the time frame when responding to lawmakers’ questions on espionage in Hong Kong on Wednesday.He said that on top of the […]

  • ADB to secure cross-border securities transaction system via blockchain
    on January 26, 2022

    MANILA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday that it seeks to develop ways to directly connect central banks and securities depositories in the ASEAN+3 region within a blockchain network. The ASEAN+3 region consists of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea. According to the […]

  • China fumes as Lithuania, Slovenia stand against its 'aggression'
    on January 26, 2022

    Lasko [Slovenia], January 26 (ANI): After Lithuania, another member of the European Union - Slovenia - has shown the courage to stand against China and its aggressive political and economic moves, as the Central European country has openly disclosed its plan to establish a representative office in Taiwan. Lithuania and Slovenia are members of North Atlantic […]

  • Feature: Spring Festival packages bring warmth to Chinese in Cuba
    on January 26, 2022

    by Yosley Carrero HAVANA, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Xu Han, a student at Havana's Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, was overjoyed on Tuesday to receive a Spring Festival package from the Chinese Embassy in Cuba. The 31-year-old Chinese majoring in epidemiology told Xinhua that she is filled with nostalgia for her homeland after receiving the package […]

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