Over one billion people speak some variety of Chinese as their native language - about one-fifth of the world's population. Chinese is made up of a number of regional language varieties, including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, and Min. Mandarin is spoken in northern and south-western China, Wu Chinese is spoken around Shanghai and Cantonese is spoken in Southern China, especially in Hong Kong and Macao, and is also widely spoken by overseas Chinese communities.
Mandarin forms the basis of Standard Chinese, the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) and an official language of Singapore and of the United Nations. The People's Republic of China and Singapore officially uses Simplified Chinese characters, while in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan traditional Chinese characters are currently used.
US and China: contrasting approaches to Africa
Economist Intelligence Unit - 12 May 2014
To China, Africa is a "friend", the relationship is "win-win" and "economic and cultural co-operation" are described as "important wheels" of co-operation.
Fundamental differences of doing business in China
realbusiness.co.uk - 26 May 2014
For many western professionals looking to do business with Chinese companies, tackling the complex cultural issues is a daunting prospect.
China - Caribbean engagement
Caribbean Intelligence - 02 May 2014
Over the last decade China has become an important partner for almost every Caribbean nation. Its engagement is extensive with projects funded by the Chinese government, state banks or by private sector Chinese companies.
China's Education Revolution
Project Syndicate - 20 May 2014
China's labour force currently lacks the skills needed to support high-tech, high-value industries. Changing this will require comprehensive education reform.
VIDEO: Violent protests targeting Chinese companies in Vietnam threaten investment
WSJ - 16 May 2014
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