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.
An annual ice and snow festival in far northeastern China features towers, palaces, bridges and high cathedrals made entirely out of ice blocks. This year, it also has Jason Paul, a free runner from Germany, who uses the ice city as his running playground.
The latest figures reveal that foreign investments fell in January in China. That's something Beijing seems keen to play down. But it also says that it wants to make China more attractive for foreign companies, and plans to open up opportunities in new sectors.