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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.

Further Resources

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China's alignment with Russia makes progress on Ukraine difficult

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March 14, 2022

China's elevated Covid cases may not hit the economy as hard as feared

Evelyn Cheng

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March 17, 2022

In China, 37 million people are in Covid lockdown. Here's what we know

Jessie Yeung and CNN's Beijing bureau

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March 15, 2022

Latest China News | Today's Breaking Stories

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U.S. warns China about helping Putin with his invasion

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March 14, 2022

News

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By DAVID RISING
December 8, 2021
AP NEWS
BANGKOK (AP) -- Chinese hackers, likely state-sponsored, have been broadly targeting government and private-sector organizations across Southeast Asia, including those closely involved with Beijing on infrastructure development projects, according to a report released Wednesday by a U.S.-based private cybersecurity company.
By ZEN SOO
December 6, 2021
AP NEWS
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's largest e-commerce group Alibaba said Monday it is appointing a new chief financial officer and reorganizing its e-commerce businesses amid a regulatory crackdown in the technology industry.
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
December 4, 2021
AP NEWS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday.
December 2, 2021
AP NEWS
BEIJING (AP) -- China's aviation regulator cleared the Boeing 737 Max on Thursday to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes, a news outlet reported.
By DAVID KLEPPER and AMANDA SEITZ
December 1, 2021
AP NEWS
A disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts -- including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist -- to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday.
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