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Historical China evokes enchantment, wonder and mystery. Glowing lanterns and paper dragons and colorful kites that fill the sky on windy days come to mind. Emperors bent on construction and destruction, rice farmers bent over their fields as the mist rises from the dewy ground. As one of the cradles of civilization, China has enjoyed some 4,000 years of continuous civilization making it, beyond question one of the world's oldest civilizations. Events of the last two centuries have somewhat tarnished China's image at least on the world stage. The Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 which killed over 2,000 people is a modern example of the dangers of trying to protest against a totalitarian state. (Hays, 2008) Reports of child labor and human rights abuses even today continue to damage China's reputation in the global arena. (China Labour Bulletin, 2007) In spite of the growing pains that China is currently undergoing it is still an interesting country to study. Its economic power and growing military and technological influence in the region also make it an important nation to be familiar with.

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Historical China evokes enchantment, wonder and mystery. Glowing lanterns and paper dragons and colorful kites that fill the sky on windy days come to mind. Emperors bent on construction and destruction, rice farmers bent over their fields as the mist rises from the dewy ground. As one of the cradles of civilization, China has enjoyed some 4,000 years of continuous civilization making it, beyond question one of the world's oldest civilizations. Events of the last two centuries have somewhat tarnished China's image at least on the world stage. The Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 which killed over 2,000 people is a modern example of the dangers of trying to protest against a totalitarian state. (Hays, 2008) Reports of child labor and human rights abuses even today continue to damage China's reputation in the global arena. (China Labour Bulletin, 2007) In spite of the growing pains that China is currently undergoing it is still an interesting country to study. Its economic power and growing military and technological influence in the region also make it an important nation to be familiar with.

Historically the nation of China was ruled by emperors from numerous different dynasties. The dynastic system of rule ended in 1912 when China became a republic. The republican form of government lasted until 1949. The People's Republic of China has been a Communist state since 1949 following World War II. It does have a Constitution which was originally written in 1982 and has undergone numerous revisions, most recently in 2004. The National People's Congress is the national legislative branch although they do not have much power. The ...

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This discussion offers an overview of the culture of China. Topics of discussion include religion, government, economy, technology and education. Over 950 words of original text with links to informative websites for further research.

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