China Country Information
People's Republic of China Travel Information
China (the People's Republic of China) is one of the largest (either 3rd or 4th largest depending on the territories included) countries in the world in terms of land area, and also has the largest population of any country. The country has land borders with Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam. Additionally, the People's Republic of China claims sovereignty over the island of Taiwan (however Taiwan has its own rival government (the Republic of China), which claims to be the legitimate government of all of China).
As already mentioned, China is currently the most populous country in the world. As of 2007, the country had an estimated population of 1,321,851,888. There are over 50 cities in China with a population of over 1 million, and capital city, Beijing (formerly known in English as "Peking") has a population of 10.3 million in the city itself, and around 15.9 million in the metropolitan area.
The government of the People's Republic of China is led by the Chinese Communist Party. After gaining power in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War, the government initially pursued a central-planned economic policy based on that of the Soviet Union. However since the late 1970s, more and more market-orientated reforms have been introduced, and this has led to rapid economic growth - China now is the 4th largest economy in the world (although still with a much lower standard of living than western countries such as the United States). Additionally, after China regained the regions of Hong Kong and Macau in 1997 and 1999 (from Britain and Portugal respectively), the capitalism systems of these regions have been preserved as "Special Administrative Regions".
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