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Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam
Population: 1,261,832,482 (July 2000 est.) - Capital: Beijing
Ethnics Groups: Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%
Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages
Religions: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 2%-3%, Christian 1% (est.)

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Proverbs from China
A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
A maker of idols is never an idolater.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.
A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

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