|Peoples’ Republic of China|
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Area 9,573,000 sq.km. The third largest state in the world, also containing the highest mountains and plateaus in the world.
Population (2000) 1,262,556,787 +0.93%AGR
Capital Beijing (Peking) 12,033,000.
Han Chinese 91.3%.
Ethnic minorities 8.7%.
Literacy 81.5%. Official language Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese); local languages in the five Autonomous Regions. All languages 470. Languages with Scriptures 13Bi 13NT 16por 24w.i.p.
The Cultural Revolution with its application of an extreme Marxist economic system was a fiasco. HDI 0.701; 98th/174. Public debt 11% of GNP. Income/person $860 (2.7% of USA).
This great and ancient nation has regained its place of importance in the world after nearly two centuries of decline and humiliation at the hands of the Western powers and Japan.
Elimination of all religious groups has always been the ultimate aim of the Marxist government.
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