First human settlement > Date:
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First human settlement > Notes:
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Neighboring countries and territories:
The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
A geopolitical overview of every sovereign country in the world, briefly examining their recent history and place on the global stage. The texts are taken from the BBC News website.
Bones found in a cave near Beijing in 1958 have been radiocarbon dated at between 39-42,000 years old.
Archaeologists, Dr. Armand Mijares with Dr. Phil Piper found bones in a cave near Peñablanca, Cagayan in 2010 have been dated as ca. 67,000 years old. It's the earliest human fossil ever found in Asia-Pacific
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China (M) Indonesia (M) Japan (M) Malaysia (M) Palau (M) Vietnam (M) Taiwan (M)
<p>China is the world's most populous country, with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years.</p>
<p>Many of the elements that make up the foundation of the modern world originated in China, including paper, gunpowder, credit banking, the compass and paper money. </p>
<p>After stagnating for more than two decades under the rigid authoritarianism of early communist rule under its late leader, Chairman Mao, China <a href="/news/world-asia-pacific-13017877" >China profile</a>now has the world's fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution. </p><br>
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<p>More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of its fast-growing population lives on just 11 of them. </p>
<p>Although endowed with many fine beaches and a growing tourism industry, much of the country is mountainous and prone to earthquakes and eruptions from around 20 active volcanoes. It is often buffeted by typhoons and other storms. </p>
<p>The Philippines - a Spanish colony for more than three centuries and named after a 16th century Spanish king - was taken over by the US in the early 20th century after a protracted rebellion against rule from Madrid. Spanish and US influences remain strong, especially in terms of language, religion and government.</p><br>
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