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  • China Today A Look Inside One of the World’s Most Rapidly Changing Countries
  • China
  • China
  • Population
    • 1.3 billion people
    • homogenous population
    • 92% are Han Chinese
    • 55 other ethnic groups make up the remaining 8% of China’s population
    • 90% live in the coastal areas of eastern China
    • growing at a rate of 7.5 million each year
  • Rural vs. Urban
    • Most Chinese still live in small, rural villages.
    • However, many people are leaving China’s villages for its booming cities.
    • There are currently 9 cities in China with at least 4 million people.
    • Shanghai (13 million) and Beijing (12 million) are China’s largest cities.
  • Government
    • Communist government
    • Economic freedom has not led to more political freedom.
    • Government controls most areas of everyday life.
    • Ex. The government controls newspapers and Internet access.
  • Violating Human Rights
    • Many countries have accused China of not respecting human rights:
    • -Tiananmen Square
    • -Tibet
    • Many U.S. politicians want to limit trade with China until it shows more respect for human rights.
  • Economy
    • Mixed economy
    • Most Chinese are farmers, but industry is rapidly growing.
    • Although many Chinese still live in poverty, economic growth has improved wages and living standards in China.
    • The Chinese currency is called the yuan.
  • Farming
  • Industry
  • Education
    • Education is extremely important.
    • Students must pass a test in order to get into good schools.
    • Chinese students spend more time in school and have more homework than American students.
    • They do a great deal of studying!
  • Issues & Challenges
    • air and water pollution
    • deforestation/loss of farmland
    • poverty
    • government control
    • human rights violations
    • defective products (i.e. food, paint, toys)