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China, People’s Republic of (Chin. Zhonghua renmin gonghe guo)locked

  • Alan R. Thrasher,
  • Joseph S.C. Lam,
  • Jonathan P.J. Stock,
  • Colin Mackerras,
  • Francesca Rebollo-Sborgi,
  • Frank Kouwenhoven,
  • A. Schimmelpenninck,
  • Stephen Jones,
  • Han Mei,
  • Wu Ben,
  • Helen Rees,
  • Sabine Trebinjac
  •  and Joanna C. Lee

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Country in East Asia. China is composed of 22 contiguous provinces, five autonomous regions originally inhabited largely by ‘minority’ groups (Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang-Uighur, Guangxi-Zhuang, Ningxia-Hui and Tibet), three centrally-controlled municipalities (the capital Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin) and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. Its total area of about 9,573,000 km² also includes the area formerly called Manchuria (now the three north-eastern provinces). According to the ...

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