China Economic 315 Project

1. Select a developing country and situate it geographically (continent, countries bordering it).
China is a developing country.   The land boundaries are Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.   China is 9.5 million square kilometers which is smaller than the U.S., however, if you include Mongolia then it would be 11 million square kilometers.   China’s water boundaries are the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and the South China Sea.

2. Provide the following information: ethnic and religious compositions, colonial history if any, year of independence if any, form of government, and main sources of economic activity.
Before the overthrow of the last Qing dynasty in the early 1900’s, most of the past dynasties of China believed in the panentheism system where there was a strong belief in the supernatural force and Heaven being an omnipotent entity. This system was before the development of Taoism “the way”, Confucianism, Buddhism, or Christianity. In China, religion is not a huge part of the majority of the people’s life.   About 1.1 billion Chinese people are religious believers.   Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism could be a philosophy teaching of life.   China today is a multi-religious country where the major 5 are Taoism, Buddhism, Islamism, Protestantism, and Catholicism.   The largest is Buddhism.

There are 56 ethnic groups in China that are officially recognized by the government. Here it is listed: Han, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uyghurs, yi, Tujia, Mongols, Tibetan, Buyei, Dong, Yao, Korean, Bai, Hani, Li, Kazak, Dai, She, Lisu, Gelao,, Lahu, Dongxiang, Va, Sui, Nakhi (Naxi), Qiang, Tu, Xibe, Mulao, Kyrgyz, Duar, Jingpo, Salar, Blang, Maonan,   Taijik, Pumi, Achang, Nu, Ewanki, Gin, Jino, De’ang, Uzbeks, Russian, Yugur, Bonan, Monba, Oroqen, Derung, Tatars, Hezhan, Lhoba, and Gaoshan.
The highlighted are the major ethnics.

After the Opium War of 1840, China...