Asia > Eastern Asia > China


Capital: Beijing ,Largest city: Shanghai , GDP growth (annual %) 2016 :6.7%
Key Facts

Full name: People's Republic of China
Population: 1.35 billion (UN, 2010)
Area: 9.6 million sq km (3.7 million sq miles)
Major language: Mandarin Chinese
Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Renminbi (yuan) (Y) = 10 jiao = 100 fen;
Main exports: Manufactured goods, including textiles, garments, electronics, arms
GNI per capita: US $4,260 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .cn
International dialling code: +86

  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • China Slowing growth and eroding policy buffers



    Slowing growth and eroding policy buffers

  • The first China-Africa summit since 2006 provides clues about the future of China’s role on the continent.


    This week, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) convened its initial summit since 2006. Chinese President Xi Jinping joined additional than 40 leaders of African nations for the massive conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Asia Economic Roundup: July 2016


    Without a doubt Britain’s decision to abandon the European project will be remembered globally as a wake-up call for political elites around the world. It seems the people chose to go against immediate economic interest and accept an extra financial turmoil in order to address deeply seated social and identity issues.

    Although Asia’s exposure to the UK is relatively limited and this is not exactly a “Lehman Moment”, nonetheless we can expect a lively debate as policymakers in Asia look for an appropriate response to address the needs of vulnerable households.

  • China Says EU Membership UK's Choice, but Hopes for Strong Europe


    Britain must decide for itself whether it stays in the European Union, but China hopes to see a strong Europe that contributes to the world economy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday (26/05) ahead of Britain's June 23 EU membership referendum.

    Beijing has long been worried about the implications of free trade-supporting Britain leaving the bloc and of any weakening of a grouping which it views as a vital counterbalance to the United States, diplomats say.

  • The world has finally woken up to the magnitude of what is happening in China.


    The world has finally woken up to the magnitude of what is happening in China. Next months in which events in Europe overshadowed initial the puffing up and again the popping of China’s stock market bubble, daily oscillations on the country’s once-obscure stock exchanges are being blamed for everything from weak oil prices to falling emerging market currencies.

  • Hydropower projects in Mozambique attract Chinese groups Three Gorges and State Grid


    Mozambique is a target country in the internationalisation of China Three Gorges and China National Grid and two major hydroelectric projects that are being launched are of interest to these Chinese groups and their Portuguese subsidiaries.

    Paul Muxanga, chairman of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB), said recently that the long-awaited construction of the northern plant of the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility should be initiated any minute at this time, a project which, according to the Portuguese financial daily Diário Económico, is “in the sights” of the two Chinese groups.

  • China’s aid is increasingly important for Angola


    China’s aid to Angola, through private projects that encourage economic diversification, has taken on an even additional significant role given Angola’s current budgetary problems, according to analysts.

    Angola’s Ministry of Finance announced late last week that conditions for lending by Chinese national banks in China to Angola had been improved, but gave assurances it had not requested a moratorium on loan repayments.

  • China deepens level of involvement in the economy of Brazil and neighbouring countries


    The visit by the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, to Brazil last week, nearly a year next one by President Xi Jinping, deepened the level of engagement between the two economies inclunding with Latin American nations that historically have been closer to the United States of America.

  • Israel’s China Option


    On December 30, China announced an initiative to establish a free-trade agreement with Israel. This prospective treaty sheds new light on an often overlooked relationship. From Cold War hostility to unofficial collaboration and presently open cooperation, the Beijing-Jerusalem connection is still developing and can be particularly beneficial for Israel, so isolated in its corner of the world. From presently on Israel and its principal ally—the United States—must carefully manage this relationship against the backdrop of U.S.-China rivalry.

  • China’s crude imports break 7m b/d record


    China’s crude oil imports rose above 7m barrels per day for the initial time in December, reaching record levels as plunging international prices allowed the world’s major importer to fill strategic and commercial reserves.

  • In China, Reaching for the Mega


    DALIAN — The plan here seems far-fetched — a $36 billion tunnel that would run twice the length of the one under the English Channel, and bore deep into one of Asia’s active earthquake zones. At the same time as completed, it would be the world’s longest underwater tunnel, creating a rail link between two northern port cities.

  • Outlook for 2013-14

    The country (China) is situated in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam.
    It has borders with Afghanistan for 76km, Bhutan for 470km, India for 3380km, Kyrgyzstan for 858km, North Korea for 1416km, Kazakhstan for 1533km, Laos for 423km, Myanmar for 2185km, Mongolia for 4677km, Nepal for 1236km, Pakistan for 523km, Russia for 3645km, Tajikistan for 414km and Vietnam for 1281km.
    Land in China is mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east.
    Chinese land covers an area of 9596960 sq²
    The climate is extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north.
    Chinese (singular and plural) speak Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects,