China: People’s Republic Of

Edited by: Tom Lansford

In: Political Handbook of the World 2015

China: People’s Republic Of

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  • Zhongguo Renmin Gongheguo
    (Chung-hua Jen-min Kung-ho Kuo)

    Political Status: Communist People’s Republic established October 1, 1949; government controls mainland China, Hong Kong (since 1997), and Macao (since 1999); present constitution adopted December 4, 1982.

    Area: 3,692,213 sq. mi. (9,562,842 sq. km), excluding Taiwan.

    Population: 1,364,124,259 (2014E—UN); 1,363,393,178 (2014E—U.S. Census), excluding Taiwan.

    Major Urban Centers (urban areas, 2005E): BEIJING (Peking, 12,100,000), Shanghai (18,150,000), Guangzhou (Canton, 9,550,000), Wuhan (9,100,000), Tianjin (Tientsin, 6,350,000), Shenyang (4,550,000), Nanjing (Nanking, 3,500,000), Harbin (3,400,000), Dalian (Dairen, 2,900,000). Most of these figures are substantially less than previous estimates.

    Official Language: Northern (Mandarin) Chinese (Putunghua is the officially promoted Beijing dialect).

    Monetary Unit: Yuan (official rate October 1, 2014: 6.14 yuan = $1US). The overall currency is known as renminbi (RMB, people’s currency). On June 19, 2010, the People’s Bank stated ...

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