With a population of 1.3 billion the People's Republic of China is the most populous country in the world. It has developped into an economic superpower.
China is one of Germany's top trading Partners. The PRC has a one-party system and is governed by the Chinese Communist Party.
After serving eight years in prison, Chinese authorities have freed the Nobel Prize-winning Liu Xiaobo. The human rights defender and pro-democracy activist was jailed in 2008 for "inciting subversion of state power."
Journeyman German coach Eckhard Krautzun tells DW he's excited by the idea of China's Olympic team regularly playing German lower league sides. He once trained China's U20s and expects great things from the country.
The chairman of FK Pirmasens has expressed anger over plans to include a Chinese under-20 national team in the southwestern regional football league. Pirmasens were relegated from the league despite finishing 14th.