5 Things You Didn't Know About The People's Republic Of China

On November 23, 1971, the People's Republic of China was seated at the United Nations Security Council meeting, the first meeting where representatives of the Beijing government represented China. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about the People’s Republic of China.

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Table Manners Are a Bit Different In China Table manners between Americans and Europeans can be different, but they would agree that burping, spitting, and other behaviors are not welcome while eating. In Asia, a loud belch is perceived as a sign of appreciation, and normal behavior when you are eating a meal in China. It is actually the highest form of flattery—it means you like the food! “The host considers the noise a compliment,” says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the Etiquette School of New York. Slurping your noodles pays the same respect.

China’s Army is the World’s Largest The People’s Liberation Army boasts more than two million soldiers, which is a little less than the number of people who live in Paris.  But the soldiers in China haven't had much of any combat experience. The last time China was in a conflict was back in the 1980s. By law, military service is compulsory in China, although the country has never enforced conscription due to a large number of volunteers from its population.

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China Owns All The Pandas In The World China is the owner of all pandas. Literally, all of them! Every single panda that lives on this world belongs to China. If you see a panda in other countries, it means it is lent from the People’s Republic of China. What’s interesting is that when a baby panda is born, it is sent to China (always by FedEx) to help expand the gene pool.

China Only Has One Time Zone China is a huge country with only one time zone! That means that in some parts of China, the sun doesn't rise until 10:00 in the morning. In the past, China has five different time zones. This lasted until 1949 when Communist leaders decided having one time zone for the entire country was a good idea. Since then, everyone in China is using official Beijing time.

Reproduction Is Limited China is the only country in the world where the reproduction is limited. The population in the People's Republic of China is around 1.4 billion, so reproduction was restricted to one child per couple.  The one-child policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of the rapidly growing population.  It was introduced in 1979, and modified beginning in the mid 1980s to allow rural parents a second child if the first was a daughter. This  lasted three more decades before the government announced in 2015 a reversion to a two-child limit. To enforce existing birth limits, provincial governments require the use of contraception, abortion, and sterilization to ensure compliance, and imposed enormous fines for violations.