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

  • Valieva doping investigation reaching final stages
    on August 8, 2022

    Russian anti-doping officials are investigating the case of the figure skating starThe investigation into the doping scandal surrounding figure skating star Kamila Valieva is nearing a conclusion, according to officials at the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).Valieva's positive test for banned heart drug trimetazidine emerged as the biggest scandal at […]

  • Outbreak of new virus reported in China
    on August 8, 2022

    Taiwan is bracing for the possible spread of a novel and potentially deadly henipavirus that spreads from animals to humansAt least 35 people in China have become infected with a novel henipavirus that apparently spreads from animals to humans, setting off alarm bells in neighboring Taiwan over a potentially dangerous pathogen.Taiwanese laboratories will […]

  • White House unveils Africa strategy
    on August 8, 2022

    President Joe Biden is hoping to stand against Beijing with democracy, vaccines, and climate policyThe White House on Monday published its new strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, which explicitly aims to counter China's extensive investment on the continent and oppose Russia's supposed "harmful activities" there.The

  • Sri Lanka confirms communication with China over deferring visit of spy ship to Hambantota
    on August 8, 2022

    Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 8 (ANI): Sri Lanka on Monday confirmed that it has communicated to China to defer the visit of Chinese vessel Yuang Wang 5 to Hambantota port. In a statement, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 was scheduled to dock at Chinese-leased Hambantota port on August 11 for refuelling and leave on August […]

  • China urges support for Africa to enhance capacities
    on August 8, 2022

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations and president of the UN Security Council for August, on Monday called on the international community to support Africa in enhancing capacities to secure durable peace in a comprehensive approach. "The Security Council needs to do some deep thinking in […]

  • MP of EU nation threatens Russia and China
    on August 8, 2022

    A ruling party lawmaker in Lithuania has warned the "Mongols" against attacking Taiwan The 'Grand Duchy of Lithuania' will destroy 'Mongol' Moscow if the 'Mongols' of China invade Taiwan, a ruling party MP in the Baltic state said in a tweet. Matas Maldeikis chairs the parliamentary committee for relations […]

  • Chinese, Mongolian FMs hold talks on boosting ties
    on August 8, 2022

    ULAN BATOR, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mongolian Foreign Minister Batmunkh Battsetseg agreed to further enhance ties between the two countries during their talks here on Monday. Battsetseg said that Mongolia highly appreciates China's neighborhood policy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, […]

  • Chinese envoy urges U.S. political decisions to revive Iran nuke deal
    on August 8, 2022

    VIENNA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Wang Qun, on Monday urged the United States to make immediate political decisions to help promote an early agreement in the Iran nuclear talks. Wang made the remarks on the sidelines of the talks, which resumed in the Austrian capital last week after a five-month […]

  • Not "worried" but "concerned": Biden on Chinese military drills near Taiwan
    on August 8, 2022

    Washington [US], August 8 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Monday said that he is "not worried" but "concerned" about Chinese military exercises near Taiwan, as he expressed concern over the scope of the drills. "I'm not worried, but I'm concerned that they're moving as much as they are," Biden said while interacting with reporters today. "But I don't think […]

  • China cannot dictate Taiwan on who it should welcome: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu
    on August 8, 2022

    Washington [US], August 8 (ANI): In a defiant message in the face of the Chinese military threat, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Monday said China cannot dictate to the self-ruled island who they should welcome and who they should not. In an interview with CNN, Joseph Wu said China's threat is "more serious than ever," but the island will stand firm […]

  • Russia suspends US inspections of nuclear military sites
    on August 8, 2022

    Western sanctions are preventing Russian inspectors from doing their job under the START treaty, Moscow says Moscow has informed Washington of a "temporary withdrawal" from the inspection regime under the START nuclear disarmament treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Citing treaty provisions f

  • Canadian company threatened over investment in Balochistan
    on August 8, 2022

    Balochistan [Pakistan], August 8 (ANI): Foreign investors in Pakistan are facing a tough time as Baloch separatists who have been targeting Chinese assets till now have also threatened a Canadian company which is set to invest in Islamabad. The Pakistan government has signed a deal with Canadian gold giant Barrick Gold which is expected to invest in […]

  • 90 pct of China import expo exhibition area booked
    on August 8, 2022

    SHANGHAI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ninety percent of the planned enterprise exhibition area has been booked for the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE). The figure was released on Monday at a pre-exhibition supply and demand matchmaking meeting for the fifth CIIE technology and equipment exhibition area. The fifth CIIE will be held in Shanghai from Nov. […]

  • Mongolian president meets with Chinese FM
    on August 8, 2022

    ULAN BATOR, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Monday. Asking Wang to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Khurelsukh said that Mongolia and China share a long history of exchanges, and are permanent friendly neighbors and good friends […]

  • Attempts to distort one-China principle doomed to fail: spokesperson
    on August 8, 2022

    BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday expressed firm opposition to certain countries' attempt to distort, obscure and hollow out the one-China principle, calling such practices illegal as well as null and void. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks in response to a recent joint statement issued by foreign ministers of the United […]

  • China takes opening victory in AVC Cup
    on August 8, 2022

    NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China beat Chinese Taipei 3-1 in its opening match of the 2022 AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) Cup for Men here on Monday. China established a comfortable lead since 9-9 and took the opening set 25-19. The second set saw China come from behind to win 25-23. A number of turnovers cost China the third set […]

  • Chinese, Cambodian runners win full marathon at famed Angkor
    on August 8, 2022

    PHNOM PENH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese woman and Cambodian man won the seventh Khmer Empire Marathon at the Angkor Archeological Park in northwest Cambodia's Siem Reap province on Sunday, according to results released by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) on Monday. The women's 42km race was won by Chinese runner Elaine Lee from China's […]

  • Mongolian PM meets with Chinese FM
    on August 8, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua ULAN BATOR, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian Prime Minister and Chairman of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Sunday.Asking Wang to conve

  • GLOBALink | Frisbee becomes popular among youths in NE China
    on August 8, 2022

    SHENYANG, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Highly competitive and interesting... Frisbee has gained popularity among urban youths in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province. #GLOBALinkProduced by Xinhua Global Service

  • BRI symposium held in Malaysia on tech-solutions for boosting tourism
    on August 8, 2022

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) symposium was held in Malaysia's Malacca state Monday, focusing on boosting tourism by applications of new technology amid challenges in the post-pandemic era. The symposium, a roving series of seminars, workshops and panels, was held at the Technical University of Malaysia, Malacca (UTeM). […]

  • Chinese carmaker launches electric car in Indonesia
    on August 8, 2022

    BEKASI, Indonesia, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), a major Chinese automobile manufacturer, through its local unit SGMW Motor Indonesia (Wuling), on Monday launched here its production of the electric vehicle in Indonesia, named Wuling Air EV. "The Air EV is the newest version of battery-based electric vehicles manufactured by SGMW for the world, […]

  • Myanmar ambassador to China dies, fourth envoy to die this past year
    on August 8, 2022

    Beijing [China], August 8 (ANI): Myanmar's envoy to China, U Myo Thant Pe died on Sunday. Notably, Thant Pe is the fourth foreign envoy to have died in China in the past year. Ambassador U Myo Thant Pe was last seen meeting a local official in the Yunnan province on Saturday, according to local media reports. The Myanmar ambassador was appointed in 2019 and […]

  • Environmental advisers divided over public housing plan for luxury Hong Kong golf course
    by Ezra Cheung,Jeffie Lam,Joyce Ng on August 8, 2022

    Advisory Council on the Environment fails to reach consensus after six-hour meeting over ecological survey behind public housing plan for controversial Fanling site.

  • China Extends Military Drills Around Taiwan
    on August 8, 2022

    Taipei, Taiwan - China's military extended provocative exercises in the waters and air surrounding Taiwan on Monday, a day after the drills had been scheduled to end.In a statement, China's defense ministry said the People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command would focus on anti-submarine and air-to-ship strikes near Taiwan. It is not clear how long […]

  • Coronavirus: young Hongkongers express relief over eased quarantine rules for overseas arrivals
    by Harvey Kong,Angel Woo,Rachel Yeo on August 8, 2022

    Residents say long-awaited easing of rules will make it easier to visit relatives and return to school or work.

  • China promotes use of land, sea for major projects
    on August 8, 2022

    BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China has announced a host of measures to support the land and sea use for major construction projects, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The policies stress the need to guarantee the demand for such factors involved in the implementation of construction projects while adhering to the legal bottom line and the red […]

  • China continues military drills around Taiwan
    on August 8, 2022

    China is continuing with fresh military drills around Taiwan, defying calls for it to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the island in the wake of a contraversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Beijing has been raging at Pelosi's trip - the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in decades - ripping up a series of talks and […]

  • Coronavirus: cutting hotel quarantine to 3 days serves ‘best interests of Hong Kong’, leader John Lee says
    by Lilian Cheng on August 8, 2022

    Under ‘3+4’ policy effective from Friday, arrivals can spend final four days of quarantine period at home.

  • Xi extends condolences to Cuban president over fuel farm explosions
    on August 8, 2022

    BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, sent a message of condolence on Monday to Cuban President Miguel D

  • Cutting-edge sports boost national fitness in China
    on August 8, 2022

    SHANGHAI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- On the occasion of the National Fitness Day, though shrouded in the drizzle, Shenyang, a city in northeast China, welcomed its first citizens' frisbee competition. More than 200 frisbee enthusiasts from eight clubs participated in the competition where a single elimination system was adopted. "Frisbee is beneficial to national […]

  • China goes ballistic over Taiwan
    on August 8, 2022

    Hong Kong, August 8 (ANI): The paranoid Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its authoritarian Chairman Xi Jinping reacted furiously to the historic Taiwan visit of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) shuffled naval and air assets, and angrily fired ballistic missiles and rockets into the sea to vent its […]

  • 4 former Hong Kong opposition lawmakers set to plead guilty to charges linked to disturbances in Legislative Council
    by Brian Wong on August 8, 2022

    Eddie Chu, Lam Cheuk-ting, Andrew Wan and Helena Wong intend to admit liability in relation to disturbances during meetings between 2018 and 2020, court told.

  • Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region sees growth in foreign trade
    on August 8, 2022

    TIANJIN, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region saw its foreign trade increase by 12.5 percent year on year to 2.35 trillion yuan (around 347 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of this year, Tianjin Customs said. The region's foreign trade accounted for 11.9 percent of the country's total in the period. In June alone, its imports and […]

  • China issues second-highest alert for mountain torrents
    on August 8, 2022

    BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Water Resources and the China Meteorological Administration on Monday issued an orange alert for mountain torrents in parts of the country. From 8 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, northwestern parts of Shanxi Province and northeastern parts of Shaanxi Province will be prone to mountain torrents, according to the […]

  • China continues military drills near Taiwan
    on August 8, 2022

    Beijing [China], August 8 (ANI): Chinese military has said it will continue drills near Taiwan focused on anti-submarine and air-to-ship strikes, state media reported on Monday. This comes as the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting joint drills in at least six areas around the island from Aug 4 to 7. China is conducting a number of military […]

  • China releases development plan for home furnishing industry
    on August 8, 2022

    BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday published a plan to support the high-quality development of the home furnishing industry, in a bid to give full play to its important role in expanding domestic demand. The country aims to cultivate 15 high-level home furnishing industry clusters with different characteristics and build 500 smart experience […]

  • Myanmar Ambassador to China Died Sunday
    on August 8, 2022

    Myanmar's ambassador to China died suddenly on Sunday in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, according to an obituary in Myanmar state media and diplomatic sources in Beijing.The obituary for Ambassador U Myo Thant Pe by Myanmar's foreign ministry in a state newspaper on Monday did not specify his cause of death.Diplomats in Beijing and a Chinese […]

  • Giant panda in Chongqing gives birth to twins
    on August 8, 2022

    CHONGQING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- A giant panda named Ershun gave birth to twin cubs late July at a zoo in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, and they are in good condition at present, the zoo announced Monday. Ershun mated naturally with a male panda at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the neighboring province of Sichuan […]

  • Olympic skiing champion discusses Western masochism
    on August 8, 2022

    Russia's Veronika Stepanova spoke out after missing the prestigious Blink festival in NorwayRussian Olympic champion cross-country skier Veronika Stepanova has said she is patiently waiting for a "sense of reality to return to the West" so that it lifts the sporting bans imposed on her and her compatriots at international competitions.Stepanova, 21, was one […]

  • Chinese cities forced to impose 'static management' due to rising COVID-19 cases
    on August 8, 2022

    Beijing [China], August 8 (ANI): After the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Sanya city of southern China's Hainan province, four more cities in the province have been forced to impose "static management," in a bid to cut off the fast transmission chain as the province reported over 1,140 COVID-19 cases in less than a week. It means that local residents must […]

  • Is Pakistan going the Sri Lanka way?
    on August 8, 2022

    Islamabad [Pakistan], August 8 (ANI): Seventy-five years of the independent polity have been tumultuous and turbulent for the state of Pakistan. Oscillating between military rule and civilian governments, the country to date has failed to witness even one complete five-year tenure of any of its Prime Ministers. This offbeat political tug of war has raised […]

  • Western sanctions are good for Moscow US economist
    on August 8, 2022

    A former Wall Street analyst says the Russian economy is being made self-sufficientThe economic war unleashed by the West against Russia has backfired and may bring the country much good, former Wall Street financier Michael Hudson has told the German news outlet Junge Welt."The West's sanctions are great for Russia. Any country threatened by US sanctions […]

  • CIA's strategy towards China revealed
    on August 8, 2022

    Counterterrorism leaders were told that a refocusing on Beijing and its advanced technology is inevitable, Associated Press reportedThe CIA's shift of focus to "great power competition" with China means that "money and resources would be increasingly shifted" away from counterterrorism (CT), the spy agency's second-highest ranking officer reportedly told […]

  • Chinese Military: Drills Continue Around Taiwan on Monday
    on August 8, 2022

    Beijing - China's military said on Monday it is continuing drills in the seas and skies around Taiwan on Monday.The Eastern Theater Command of China's People's Liberation Army said on social media Weibo that it will practice conducting anti-submarine attacks and sea raids.The military has carried out an unprecedented set of naval and air force drills in […]

  • Shanghai a pioneer in pursuit of all-around development
    on August 8, 2022

    SHANGHAI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai has made pioneering progress in its pursuit of all-around development over the past decade, according to a press briefing held Monday. The city's GDP increased from 2.13 trillion yuan (about 314.6 billion U.S. dollars) in 2012 to 4.32 trillion yuan in 2021, and its GDP per capita rose from 14,200 dollars to 26,900 […]

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