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China , officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is the largest country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.3 billion. Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres, the country is the world's second-largest country by land area,[1] and the third- or fourth-largest by total area, depending on the definition of total area.[2]

  1. "Countries of the world ordered by land area". Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  2. The total area ranking relative to the United States depends on the measurement of the total areas of China and the United States. See List of countries and outlying territories by area for more information.