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.
The Chinese government has reprimanded its higher education institutions for becoming too lax when it comes to Communist ideology. The call follows reports of an increase in "Western theories" in Chinese universities.
Just this week, the Chinese government warned companies to avoid quote - irrational - overseas investments as it tries to keep an exodus of capital in check. But now it's looking towards home - China is considering opening up its notoriously restrictive market to more foreign investment.
This police patrol vehicle is unique in Africa. It's a Kantanka pick-up, and made in Ghana. Most of the vehicle's bodywork comes from China. But some of the parts are made locally. Kantanka employs 300 workers to assemble the patrol cars. They use fairly low-tech methods - that still function during power cuts.
Donald Trump's transition team has confirmed that Iowa's Republican governor has accepted the job in Beijing. The US president-elect rattled relations with China last week by speaking with Taiwan's president.