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One of the most ugly aspects of life in Communist China during the Mao Zedong era was the Party’s demand that people inform on each other routinely and denounce each other during political campaigns. This practice had a profoundly destructive effect on human relationships. Husbands and wives became guarded with each other, and parents were alienated from their children. The practice inhibited all forms of human contact, so that people no longer wanted to have friends. It also encouraged secretiveness and hypocrisy. To protect himself, a man had to keep his thoughts to himself. When he was compelled to speak, often lying was the only way to protect himself and his family.

Nien Cheng, ‘Life and Death in Shanghai'

 

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Overview: China

Surrounded, and trained for most of his life by apparatchiks emanating from a relatively small number of families, Mr Xi could hardly be expected to spring any surprises on China’s Communist party. A report by Michael Sheridan in the London Sunday Times concluded that ‘China is ruled by about 350 families behind its façade of an authoritarian one-party state.’ Mr Sheridan went on to note that ‘Ironic Chinese will say it’s an improvement on the days when only about four families plundered Chiang-Kai-shek’s doomed republic.’ The Sunday Times article - which was by no means aimed at a specialist audience –blew the gaff on some troubling aspects of Chinese government practices that would not have made happy reading for Mr Xi. It continued: ‘The régime spends more on internal security than it does on defence.’ 

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Profile

Profile:

Profile: China

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo (Zhongguo) (People's Republic of China)
Head of State: President Xi Jinping (from 14 March 2013
Head of government: Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang (from 15 March 2013)
Ruling party: Zhongguo Gongchangdang (Chinese Communist Party) (CCP)
Area: 9,596,961 square km
Population: 1.37 billion (2014) (1,337,400,000; 2010, census figure)
Capital: Beijing (Peking)
Official language: Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese – Beijing dialect).
Currency: Yuan (Renminbi) (Rmb) = 100 fen
Exchange rate: Rmb6.37 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$7,589 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 7.36% (2014)*
GDP: US$10,380.38 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 779.95 million (2009)
Unemployment: 4.09% (2014)
Inflation: 1.99% (2014)
Oil production: 4.25 million bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 134.50 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$384.32 billion (2014)*
* estimated figure

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