Background Stats: compare key data on China & United States


  • First human settlement > Date: Date or period of the first known or suspected human settlement within each geographic location listed. For further descriptions, please refer to notes.
  • First human settlement > Notes: Description of the first known or suspected human settlement within each geographic location listed. For the date or period of the described settlement, please refer to the according date stat.
  • First human settlement > Place: Location of the first known or suspected human settlement in each country.
  • Full name: Full names (translated to english) of the United Nations member states, as of 2014. For a list of full names in the respective original languages of each country, check this link.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • Named after person: After whom each country and dependent territory was named.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • National tree: Name of tree.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • 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.
  • Overview: 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.
STAT China United States
First human settlement > Date 39,000-42,000 BP 16,000 BP
First human settlement > Notes Bones found in a cave near Beijing in 1958 have been radiocarbon dated at between 39-42,000 years old. Stone, bone, and wood artifacts and animal and plant remains found in Washington County, Pennsylvania .
First human settlement > Place Tianyuan Cave Meadowcroft Rockshelter
Full name People's Republic of China United States of America
Land border length 22,147 km
Ranked 1st. 84% more than United States
12,034 km
Ranked 6th.
Named after person Emperor Chin Amerigo Vespucci (see Naming of America )
National anthems Y\u00ecy\u01d2ngj\u016bn J\u00ecnx\u00edngq\u01d4 ( March of the Volunteers ) The Star-Spangled Banner
National tree Ginkgo Oak
Neighboring countries and territories Afghanistan (L) Bhutan (L) Burma (L) India (L) Japan (M) Kazakhstan (L) North Korea South Korea (M) Kyrgyzstan (L) Laos (L) Mongolia (L) Nepal (L) Pakistan (L) Philippines (M) Russia (L) Tajikistan (L) Vietnam Hong Kong ( China ) Macau ( China ) Taiwan (M) Bahamas (M) Canada Cuba (M) Kiribati (M) Mexico Russia (M)
Overview <p>China is the world&#039;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&#039;s fastest-growing economy and is undergoing what has been described as a second industrial revolution. </p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13017877">Full Article</a> <p>The USA is the world&#039;s foremost economic and military power, with global interests and an unmatched global reach. </p> <p>America&#039;s gross domestic product accounts for close to a quarter of the world total, and its military budget is reckoned to be almost as much as the rest of the world&#039;s defence spending put together.</p> <p>The country is also a major source of entertainment: American TV, Hollywood films, jazz, blues, rock and rap music are primary ingredients in global popular culture. </p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16761057">Full Article</a>


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