WASHINGTON – The Following is a list of demographic information on China.
China has an estimated population of 1.3 billion.
China is a Communist party-led state
The largest ethnic group is the Han Chinese, who constitute about 91.9% of the total population
There are seven major Chinese dialects and many subdialects.
Buddhism is most widely practiced, with an estimated 100 million adherents
Official figures indicate there are 20 million Muslims, 5 million Catholics, and 15 million Protestants
China’s economy grew at an average rate of 10% per year during the period 1990-2004, the highest growth rate in the world.
China’s total trade in 2004 surpassed $1.1 trillion, making China the world’s third-largest trading nation after the U.S. and Germany
In 2003, China surpassed Japan to become the second-largest consumer of primary energy, after the United States
China is the third-largest energy producer in the world, after the United States and Russia
Total two-way trade between China and the U.S. grew from $33 billion in 1992 to over $230 billion in 2004.
Source: State Department