China is a country with a fascinating history. Its literary, religious, mythological, and cultural traditions are unparalleled in their complexity and beauty. It is also a rapidly changing society, with a current population of over 1.381 billion, covering over 9 million square kilometres. Oxford Reference provides hundreds of biographies of key Chinese figures, as well as in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries on the wide range of subjects relating to China. See what you will discover ...
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- Hanshan, a Buddhist scholar whose name is attached to a collection of some 300 poems
- Laozi, a "Warring States" period Daoist text
- Li Yu, the second emperor and the most famous poet of the Southern Tang dynasty
- Liu Zongyuan, a writer and critical thinker of the Tang dynasty
- Qian Zhongshu, scholar, novelist, and essayist – arguably the foremost scholar of contemporary China
"The people and the people alone are the motive force in the making of world history."
— Mao Zedong, 1893–1976, Chinese statesman
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"There is painting in his poetry, and poetry in his painting."
— Su Shi, 1037–1101, Chinese writer and poet
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"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack."
— Sun Tzu, fl. 400–320BC, Chinese general and military theorist
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"The Paris talks on combatting global climate change held at the end of 2015 provided new targets for countries to aim at, and change is coming – for example, in just a few years China has become the world’s largest generator of solar power, and its solar panel industry is bringing change to Africa and the Middle East ..."
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"China in particular has developed unique forms of digital and social marketing in a very short time period. Chinese advanced home grown social media – WeChat, Weibo and Youku – have gone beyond Western social media platforms – and with vast Mandarin language user groups, have become a playground for Chinese brands ..."
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