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Why is this article about the People's Republic of China?
Because of the overwhelming usage of "China" to refer to the People's Republic of China rather than the Republic of China in both Chinese and English languages; we use the common name to title our articles.
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The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that China, with over 34,687 species of animals and vascular plants, is the third-most biodiverse country in the world?
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This article was the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment, between 7 September 2020 and 18 December 2020. Further details are available on the course page. Student editor(s): Majd.Salman.

Above undated message substituted from assignment by PrimeBOT (talk) 18:59, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

January 2022 reverts

If anyone would like a longer explanation regarding my recent reverts from 17 to 19 January 2022, please see User talk:Acaunto#January 2022. CentreLeftRight 20:18, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@BSMRD: your "any country" argument to restore bad quality content is invalid handwave. See WP:OSE, also remember this is GA article so standard should be maintained. I don't find any of this on articles of United States, India, Russia and others. Captain Jack Sparrow (talk) 11:40, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
You can find it on France, Spain, Brazil and others. Additionally, this kind of paragraph can be found at the end of the lead of each article you linked. I don't get how talking about China's economy or notable tourism and technology sectors in the lead is "puffery" or "bad content". Also this isn't a Good Article and it hasn't been in over a decade. BSMRD (talk) 16:57, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I can agree that France and Spain have issues, while Brazil also say "However, the country maintains high amounts of corruption, crime and social inequality." You should better fix those articles, but this article about China should not entertain such insignificant point of views. Aman Kumar Goel (Talk) 02:56, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
What insignificant point of view? That China has one of the world's largest economies? I am genuinely baffled as to what the objection is here. BSMRD (talk) 03:35, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I agree with BSMRD. The article United States, for example, has a similar paragraph in the lead. Notice the similar language used to describe the country's economy and notability in certain fields:
"The United States is a highly developed country, accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP, and is the world's largest economy by GDP at market exchange rates. By value, the United States is the world's largest importer and second-largest exporter of goods. Although its population is only 4.2% of the world's total, it holds 30% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share held by any country. Making up more than a third of global military spending, it is the foremost military power in the world and internationally a leading political, cultural, and scientific force."
WP:OSE is also not policy, it is an essay. The onus is on Aman Kumar Goel to further explain why they believe the paragraph is puffery. Although WP:PUFF is also an essay and not policy, they could gather support for a favourable consensus if they bring forth a compelling argument based on policy, as a similar argument could be made along the lines of WP:UNDUE. I do not think it is good practice to remove content without a proper explanation and shift the onus to the reverter(s) to explain why the original edits should have been reverted, especially when the edits are contested.
The new paragraph also repeats information in the paragraph directly above it, particularly about China's permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Furthermore, the only instance of possible puffery I could find in the original paragraph is the use of "well-known" to describe China's culture. A little redundant might I add, to say that "China is known for its well-known culture." The rest of the paragraph appears to be simply statistics that are discussed in detail later in the article, which fulfills MOS:LEAD. Like BSMRD, I personally do not see what the contention is. CentreLeftRight 09:17, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Another note: This article is not listed as a Good Article and is rated B / C by relevant WikiProjects. If you check the version that was listed as a Good Article back in 2013, a paragraph similar to the one that was removed is written in the lead. The first two sentences are as follows:
"Since the introduction of economic reforms in 1978, China has become one of the world's fastest-growing major economies. As of 2013, it is the world's second-largest economy by both nominal total GDP and purchasing power parity (PPP), and is also the world's largest exporter and importer of goods."
Editors should also consult MOS:LEAD. A good argument for undue coverage would be if the lead mentioned all these statistics and well-known factors of China without giving a more detailed explanation in the article body. Going back to the previous example of the article United States, the article does go in-depth to explain why the United States is "a leading political, cultural, and scientific force". CentreLeftRight 20:53, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Note that in my recent edit,[1] I haven't removed the whole, but only the sentences that were totally recently added (just like economy-related ones) but unlike the economy-related ones they were never a part of article before as well.
If you want to reject WP:OSE, the common standard of Wikipedia, then see WP:UNDUE and yes MOS:LEAD too. What happens in the United States article is not any concern for this page. The world is more influenced by the American culture of Hollywood, music and the US military is indeed a dominant force in the world thus "it is the foremost military power in the world and internationally a leading political, cultural, and scientific force" is justified for the United States article but a similar sentence cannot be used for describing China. For China, we can't say it "is known internationally for its culture, cuisine, manufacturing, and scientific and technological innovations" because it is clear that we can say this about good dozens of other countries many of whom are in fact much more influential in terms of culture, cuisine, etc. than China. Also, the country having "the second largest number of UNESCO sites in the world and was the fourth-most visited country in 2019 with 65.7 million visitors" is irrelevant for the lead because it is a part of their economy which covers hundreds of other aspects and not just tourism. Aman Kumar Goel (Talk) 12:05, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Do you have any source saying these things are in fact irrelevant? Or is it just your opinion? China is one of if not the oldest continually defined countries in the world, and it's culture and economy has entirely defined the history of at least East Asia, and has affected the entire world over the past few thousand years. Any argument for including these things in the lead of United States applies equally well for including them in the lead here. As for Tourism, France, Spain, and Italy each give specific numbers regarding its ranking on amount of visitors and amount of World Heritage Sites. BSMRD (talk) 13:59, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And you need a source to understand that tourism is not the only economic factor for China? You need to talk about today where United States and Japan lead the world of technology. Spain and France are the most visited countries but China isn't, so I agree that mention of their 4th rank is totally WP:UNDUE. Wareon (talk) 17:03, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
While I agree with BSMRD that Chinese culture has been influential internationally, particularly in East Asia, the obvious counter-point that arises is that the article does not discuss this fact in detail with reliable sources, which would be against MOS:LEAD. I think being in the top five most-visited countries is a significant fact and not undue, but I do not think it is too specific of a fact to include in the lead, which is a summary of the article's content. However, I do think it is worth mentioning in the lead that China is known for its tourism, given the statistics at hand.
I think the article France is a good example of how the contested paragraph could be included. The lead of that article includes a paragraph which begins with the sentence:
"France retains its centuries-long status as a global centre of art, science and philosophy."
But why is this sentence warranted? Because the article has an enormous, well-written, and adequately sourced section discussing in detail why France has been viewed as such.
The problem is not "puffery" or the sentence being undue weight. The problem is that statistical rankings tend to be too specific for leads, and claims should not be made in the lead paragraphs without details backing it up in the article body. The thesis must be argued in the essay. CentreLeftRight 20:21, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Unless it tops or is at least placed 2nd on tourism rankings, I don't see why it would be worthy of mention. It will only confuse readers as if we are giving more importance to tourism. The article on the US, which is 3rd most visited, does not have these details either. Aman Kumar Goel (Talk) 00:53, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Aman.kumar.goel: I am not sure why you asked me to note your most recent edit when my entire response was to this edit of yours where you did remove a whole paragraph which included information about China's economy. In fact, I was the one who broke off that paragraph because the second part (which discusses culture, cuisine, tourism, etc.), which you removed in your most recent edit, was unrelated to the first (which discusses the economy). My understanding now is that you had grievances with the second part but not the first part, but you removed the whole paragraph anyways instead of just the parts you wanted to contest. Like I acknowledged in this edit of mine, I can see why you or anyone else may have found that paragraph to be puffery. Statistics which were unrelated to each other were listed out in the lead like some kind of resumé for the country. However, you could have just reworded the paragraph like I did instead of removing the entire paragraph and only having "undiscussed puffery" as your initial explanation.
Also WP:OSE is again, an essay and not policy. It is not a standard by definition, but rather something another editor thought people should keep in mind while discussing issues on talk pages. Regardless, "It is in another article so why not here?" is not the point of my argument. The point of my argument is that it is in another article and should be here because of MOS:LEAD. The article United States has the two sentences I highlighted in the quotation because it talks about those things in the article body. The MOS:LEAD argument for your removal of the content would then be that this article does not actually go in-depth, with reliable sources, as to why China's culture, cuisine, tourism, innovations, etc. are significant. That would be a policy-based argument, but that is not the argument you are making because you keep deferring back to WP:OSE, which is not policy, and citing policies (which you did not initially mention until I brought them up) without going into detail as to how you believe they apply to your point. CentreLeftRight 20:12, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
When someone cites 'puffery' to be the concern, it means that they are typically talking about WP:NPOV and find the sentence to be either non-neutral, misleading or just too much of a one-sided opinion. WP:OSE say that we should not use other articles when it comes to argue about the article in hand. Throughout these years I haven't seen anyone objecting to that. As for my 'most recent edit' I was merely providing an update about it. Aman Kumar Goel (Talk) 00:53, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I assume we are on the same page and you agree that "This is in that article so it should also be in this article" is a bad argument on its own (the thesis of WP:OSE), but the argument that "This is in that article because it adheres to a specific policy so it should also be in this article as well if we follow the same policy" is slightly different and makes sense. My only point to this end is not that the thesis of WP:OSE ought to be rejected, but that WP:OSE is not policy and should not be the basis of anyone's argument(s) as to why something should or should not be in an article. CentreLeftRight 02:47, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Third or Fourth largest country?

It says it's the third OR fourth largest country. But this is because of the disputed territories in Kashimir, and the pacific territories If I recall correctly. So should we say it's the fourth largest country since it's too disputed or third largest country instead of Third or Fourth largest, or should we keep it the way it is now? Jishiboka1 (talk) 10:31, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Disputed territories should be excluded unless there are strong de jure and de facto cases for including them. (If Luxembourg staked a frivolous claim to Russia, Luxembourg wouldn't become the world's largest country.) However, China seems to be slightly larger than the U.S. on a like-for-like basis, even without those territories, making it third. See List of countries and dependencies by area#Countries and dependencies by area, especially note 4. Neither ranking is clearly wrong, so "third or fourth" seems a reasonable compromise. Certes (talk) 12:23, 28 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Ok, I understand. Thanks! Since people all around the world read this article, I think neutrality should work, I recently learned about NPOV. Jishiboka1 (talk) 04:13, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

China's involvement in Russo-Ukrainian war

Is China involved or no? Jishiboka1 (talk) 02:50, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Not particularly, they are just tangentially relevant to discussions of diplomacy and sanctions. Nothing that should be included in this article, though. Endwise (talk) 03:27, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Both traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese characters are in use in mainland China

Hey guys, I have added the names in traditional Chinese as well. Even though simplified Chinese is used on formal occasions, traditional Chinese remains in daily use throughout mainland China. In addition, traditional Chinese characters are also present in all Chinese dictionaries along with simplified Chinese characters, and are also taught in schools (mainly in university disciplines associated with linguistics and history).Hhm001 (talk) 01:32, 8 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Largest City

I don’t know if this has been discussed but can someone please add the largest city in the Info Box? GamerKlim9716 (talk) 03:40, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

No longer the Most popuplated

China is now ranked 2nd, India is #1 now BlueberryPi8307 (talk) 13:49, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Do you have a reliable source for this? Every source that I am seeing still reports China as having a higher population, even if not by much. --OuroborosCobra (talk) 16:23, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Superpower Status Question

Can we include a sentence in the lead section that states China is academics recognize China as a potential superpower with some claiming China possesses enough influence to be categorized as a superpower? FictiousLibrarian (talk). 19:28, 11 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I support this addition to the article lead and body (but the latter should come first). The statement by intforce that "... you may find just as many sources that contend that China is not a superpower," is actually an argument in favour of its inclusion rather than against it.
WP:DUE states that "Neutrality requires that mainspace articles and pages fairly represent all significant viewpoints that have been published by reliable sources, in proportion to the prominence of each viewpoint in the published, reliable sources." Therefore, arguments that China is and is not a superpower or rising power should be included in the article lead, because the topic itself is incredibly prominent in discussions of international relations, and both viewpoints are supported by reliable sources.
Also I do not see how the original addition's wording is "extremely problematic" as the sentence could not be more watered down (although it could use a little tweaking, in my opinion). Compare
"China's combined economic growth and military strength lead many political scientists to consider it to be a potential superpower or superpower."
with this sentence from the United States' lead:
"The Spanish–American War and World War I established the U.S. as a world power, and the aftermath of World War II left the United States and the Soviet Union as the world's two superpowers. ... The Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991 ended the Cold War, leaving the United States as the world's sole superpower."
The description of the U.S. as a superpower is definitive because this fact is undisputable. However, the same cannot be said about China because this is still hotly debated. Thus the addition by FictiousLibrarian offers a justification from the authors of the sources and the sentence is not a definitive statement ("many political scientists consider it to be a potential superpower").
However, if a sentence regarding this topic is added to the lead, might I suggest: "China's combined economic growth and military strength has lead a number of scholars to consider it to be a rising power or potential superpower. However, others argue to the contrary, citing China's decline in economic growth in recent years and its inability to establish stable relations with its neighbours." (example source for the latter addition) CentreLeftRight 19:56, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It is obvious China is a superpower, yes. Peking Tom (talk) 15:03, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

About aksai chin

How you can shown a aksai chin part of China in showing map? It's occupied part of china RUDRAKSH2 (talk) 09:19, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The caption of the map is: "Land controlled by the People's Republic of China shown in dark green; land claimed but uncontrolled shown in light green." I think the language used is ambiguous enough to avoid making definitive statements about sovereignty. CentreLeftRight 19:42, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]