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China (Chinese: Simplified 中国, Traditional 中國; Hanyu Pinyin: Zhōngguó; Tongyong Pinyin: Jhongguó; Wade-Giles: Chungkuo) is an ancient cultural and geographic entity in continental East Asia with some offshore islands which is currently divided between the People's Republic of China (PRC), governing Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and the Republic of China (ROC), governing Taiwan and several outlying Fujianese islands. In the Western Media, "China" is commonly used synonymously with the People's Republic of China or mainland China, while "Taiwan" is used to refer to the Republic of China.
Religion in China
Many believe that because of China's size, ambition, and economic prosperity in recent years that they are a formidable opponent to democracy and will inevitably become the next global superpower. It's unlikely that this will occur as their government is officially atheist, though they do allow some religions to remain on a personal or heavily supervised level.
Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are historically the religions that Chinese people pick if they do chose to engage in a personal religion. Christianity has managed to gain a small foothold, especially in Taiwan — but at only 4.5% it's difficult to say whether it has much effect on anything in that area, especially when Mormonism accounts for a large number of those Christians.
Though many accomplishments can be attributed to the Chinese, arguably the greatest contribution the Chinese people have made to the world was the invention of Gunpowder.
Today China has just over 1.3 billion people. Yet, according to a census of China about 1 AD comprising almost all of the area which is today still known as China, she had 60 million inhabitants. Although it is thought that this figure may have been underestimated as there were advantages in not being counted. Despite being inhabited mainly by the descendants of Magog, also includes some descendants of Gomer, Javan, and Esau. The reader may find The Forgotten Tribes of China by Kevin Sinclair of interest in this area of study.