Area: 9.597 million square kilometres
Population: 1.357 billion
Head of state: Chairman Xi Jinping
State system: A socialist (Communist) republic
- China for centuries led the world in scientific thought, inventing the compass, gunpowder, porcelain, paper, printing, stirrups and silk.
- China is home to one of the Wonders of the World — the Great Wall of China — the largest architectural monument in history preserved since ancient times.
- The 1.795-kilometre Grand Canal of China is the oldest and longest canal in the world, dotted with 24 castles and spanned by over 60 bridges.
BEIJING — China’s foreign exchange reserves rose for a sixth consecutive month in July as pressure from capital outflows eased and the value of the U.S. dollar weakened, data from the central bank showed Monday. Forex reserves reached 3.081 trillion U.S....read more
Chinese and Russian Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Sergey Lavrov met in Manila, the capital of Philippines on Sunday to discuss bilateral ties and international affairs, including the Korean crisis. The two diplomats were attending a ASEAN Summit on security. China and...read more
MAJOR PLAYERS: US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8. Pictures: Reuters Anti-terrorism and transactional relationships are likely be the main features...read more
Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing for greater cooperation, including military ties, between Russia and China saying it “would bring balance to the world”. Putin’s remarks came as Russian and Chinese naval warships held joint exercises in the Baltic Sea for...read more
BEIJING – China loves peace but will never compromise on defending its sovereignty, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday while marking 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. China has rattled nerves around Asia and globally with its...read more
China is a “sincere friend of Arab countries” and stands ready to play a constructive role in promoting peace talks if necessary, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told visiting Qatari foreign minister on Thursday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Qatari...read more