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China is a state in east Asia.

China is a country in East Asia, and the capital is Beijing. The country is divided into twenty-three provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities directly under the Central Government, and two special administrative regions. China has influenced the course of international development for thousands of years. With more than 1.35 billion people, China accounts for roughly 20 percent of the total world population. After decades of rapid economic growth, China overtook Japan to become the world's second largest economy in 2010.

An official Chinese government statement recognizes five main religions practiced in the country—Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism—including different folk beliefs. China's international expansion, growing domestic market, raw material requirements, role as the world's factory, and related environmental issues have far-reaching implications for people and development around the world.

Geographically, China covers five time zones (Zhongyuan, Longshu, Tibet, Kunlun and Changbai time zones). China stands at the head of the economic class of the original BRIC countries, which also include Brazil, Russia, and India. After sustaining decades of annual GDP growth exceeding 10 percent, China overtook Japan in 2010 to become the world's second largest economy behind the US.

China's rapid economic growth and development is accompanied by the dramatic rise and growth of so-called mega-cities. People across China and other developing countries flock to cities in search of greater opportunity and higher living standards. The fruits of their labors and the economic advantages of cities' financial, human, and social capital help fuel development and urbanization.

China's history is the world's history in many respects. With nearly 4,000 years of continuous history and culture, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. China has been the world's greatest power for all but several hundred of the last two thousand years. Ancient China is credited with four of the world's great inventions: paper, printing, gunpowder, and the compass. The country shares borders with fourteen states, including Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and four states of Central Asia.

Timeline

August 3, 2021
Shanghai-based Zentera Therapeutics raises $75,000,000 in Series B funding round, led by OrbiMed Advisors Asia and Tybourne Capital Management.
July 8, 2021
Chinese company deploys facial recognition to limit youths’ play.
July 5, 2021
China launches new satellite to improve weather forecast, monitor sea temperature
June 17, 2021
China launches its first crewed space mission in five years.
June 13, 2021
Chinas Zhurong rover celebrates one month on Mars.
June 6, 2021
China authorizes CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for children above 3 years.
May 29, 2021
China launches cargo rocket with supplies for space station
April 2021
The crew will stay aloft for three months and work on China's Tiangong space station, the first module of which -- named "Tianhe" -- launched in April 2021.
January 28, 2020
The Gates Foundation spends $10 million to fight the coronavirus outbreak in China and Africa.
December 27, 2019
China successfully launches its largest carrier rocket, The Long March-5 rocket, from Wenchang space launch center in south China's Hainan Province.
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By JILL LAWLESS
November 30, 2021
AP NEWS
LONDON (AP) -- China, which is increasingly flexing its muscles around the world, is one of the biggest threats to Britain and its allies, and a "miscalculation" by Beijing could lead to war, the head of the U.K.'s foreign intelligence agency said Tuesday.
By MARI YAMAGUCHI
November 23, 2021
AP NEWS
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and Vietnam on Tuesday signed a cybersecurity agreement as the two Asian nations rapidly step up their military ties amid concerns over China's growing assertiveness.Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters that the cyberspace agreement aimed to address a "strong sense of urgency" over activities in the Indo-Pacific region that challenge the existing international order, indicating China without identifying any country by name.
November 23, 2021
AP NEWS
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A Western Kentucky University professor received an award from China's Ministry of Science for his work on water resources in poor regions.Longtime professor Chris Groves was given the "Friendship Award," which China bestows on foreign experts who contribute to the country's economic and social progress, according to a release from the university.
November 19, 2021
AP NEWS
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's media regulating authority on Friday again lifted a ban on TikTok, this time after four months, following assurances from the popular Chinese video-sharing service that it would control the spread of indecent content.
By LINDSEY TANNER
November 17, 2021
AP NEWS
Fears of infection. Loneliness. Worries about physical health. As the coronavirus spread across borders early in the pandemic, calls to global helplines showed a striking similarity in the toll on mental health -- from China to Lebanon, Finland to Slovenia.
November 16, 2021
AP NEWS
BEIJING (AP) -- No breakthroughs were delivered during talks between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden, but the cordial tone of the virtual meeting is an indication that relations between the sides may be turning a corner -- even if that means for now merely walking back from the heated exchanges of earlier this year.
By KEN MORITSUGU and AAMER MADHANI
November 16, 2021
AP NEWS
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Tuesday hailed a virtual meeting between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden, saying they had a candid and constructive exchange that sent a strong signal to the world.
By AAMER MADHANI and COLLEEN LONG
November 15, 2021
AP NEWS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Joe Biden opened his virtual meeting with China's Xi Jinping on Monday by saying their goal is to ensure competition "does not veer into conflict."The two leaders are meeting by video amid mounting tensions in the U.S.-China relationship.
By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL
November 12, 2021
AP NEWS
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- India faces a difficult choice that will have consequences for the world.No country's energy needs are expected to grow faster in coming decades than India's.
November 11, 2021
AP NEWS
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The Latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow:GLASGOW, Scotland -- Five European Union countries on Thursday pushed back against efforts to define nuclear energy as a climate-friendly technology in the 27-nation bloc.
By ZEN SOO
November 11, 2021
AP NEWS
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Singles' Day, the world's largest online shopping festival which falls on Nov. 11 every year, is losing its shine, with less marketing hype and a crackdown on the technology industry.
By ZEN SOO
November 10, 2021
AP NEWS
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's biggest online shopping day, known as "Singles' Day" on Nov. 11, is taking on a muted tone this year as regulators crack down on the technology industry and President Xi Jinping pushes for "common prosperity."
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, FRANK JORDANS and SETH BORENSTEIN
November 8, 2021
AP NEWS
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Barack Obama expressed confidence at U.N. climate talks Monday that the Biden administration will ultimately get its $555 billion climate package through Congress, and faulted U.S.
November 8, 2021
AP NEWS
BEIJING (AP) -- Wang Yaping has become the first Chinese woman to conduct a spacewalk as part of a six-month mission to the country's space station. Wang and fellow astronaut Zhai Zhigang left the station's main module on Sunday evening, spending more than six hours outside installing equipment and carrying out tests alongside the station's robotic service arm, according to the China Manned Space agency.
By HUIZHONG WU
November 5, 2021
AP NEWS
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A LGBT advocacy group in China that has spearheaded many of the country's legal cases pushing for greater rights is halting its work for the foreseeable future.LGBT Rights Advocacy China announced it was ceasing all activities and shutting down its social media accounts in an announcement on social media Thursday.
By SETH BORENSTEIN
November 4, 2021
AP NEWS
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The dramatic drop in carbon dioxide emissions from the pandemic lockdown has pretty much disappeared in a puff of coal-fired smoke, much of it from China, a new scientific study found.
By ZEN SOO
November 3, 2021
AP NEWS
HONG KONG (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. is leaving the China market, suspending its services there as of Monday amid what it says is an "increasingly challenging" business and legal environment. Foreign technology firms have been pulling out or downsizing their operations in mainland China as a strict data privacy law specifying how companies collect and store data takes effect.
By ZEN SOO
November 3, 2021
AP NEWS
HONG KONG (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. is leaving the China market, suspending its services there as of Monday amid what it says is an "increasingly challenging" business and legal environment. Foreign technology firms have been pulling out or downsizing their operations in mainland China as a strict data privacy law specifying how companies collect and store data takes effect.
By JOSH BOAK, ZEKE MILLER, ELLEN KNICKMEYER
November 3, 2021
AP NEWS
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Over five days abroad at two global summits, President Joe Biden showed a new willingness to openly confront China over climate change and its lack of leadership on the global stage.
By ZEN SOO
November 2, 2021
AP NEWS
HONG KONG (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it has pulled out of China, citing an "increasingly challenging business and legal environment."Chinese authorities maintain a firm grip on internet censorship in the country and require companies operating in China to censor content and keywords deemed politically sensitive or inappropriate.
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