Introduction: The People’s Republic of China

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Basic Facts about China

  • Population: 1.35 billion (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Largest City: Shanghai
  • Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism
  • GDP per Capita: 5,444.79 USD (2011)
  • GDP Growth Rate: 9.3% annual change (2011). Averaging 10% per year.
  • Main exports: Manufactured products eg. textiles, clothes, electronics, arms.

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13017879)

Historical Milestones

  • 206 BC – 220 AD – Han Dynasty: Considered China’s first cultural “golden age” and first government to rule the entire area of what is now modern day China. Coincided with economic growth, Confucianism as a state philosophy and the first accounts of Buddhism in China. (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/hand/hd_hand.htm)
  • 1368 – Mongols are overthrown. Agriculture and the arts…

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