China has 33 administrative units directly under the central government; these consist of 22 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities (Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin), and 2 special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The island province of Taiwan, which has been under separate administration since 1949, is discussed in the article Taiwan. Beijing (Peking), the capital of the People’s Republic, is also the cultural, economic, and communications center of the country. Shanghai is the main industrial city.
China’s economic freedom score is 48.0, making its economy the 158th freest in the 2022 Index. China is ranked 35th among 39 countries in the Asia–Pacific region, and its overall score is below the regional and world averages. Over the past five years, China’s economic growth has slowed with the largest deceleration occurring in 2020. China’s five-year average growth rate is now only about half of its level a decade ago. Economic freedom peaked in China in 2020 after a decade-long gradual climb. Those gains are now erased, thanks largely to plummeting scores for judicial effectiveness and fiscal health, and China has dropped into the “Repressed” category. Trade freedom remains relatively strong, but the lack of investment freedom and financial freedom are serious impediments to productivity growth and development.
China is the largest of all Asian countries and has the largest population of any country in the world. Occupying nearly the entire East Asian landmass, it covers approximately one-fourteenth of the land area of Earth. Among the major countries of the world, China is surpassed in area by only Russia and Canada, and it is almost as large as the whole of Europe.
China is the biggest stone producer in the world. On top of that, China is one of the world’s biggest stone exporters. To illustrate: the total transaction value of stone imports and exports in 2012 reached an amount of more than 8 billion USD and includes an export value of more than 500 million USD.
China’s main focus concerning the stone export industry is processing raw stone materials into products with decorative functions (garden pavement, gravestones, granite counter tops, etc.). Examples of materials commonly used are granite, marble, slate, and sandstone. These stones have either local roots, or are imported from countries like Brazil, India and Turkey. Currently, China exports to more than 130 countries.
Xiamen Stone Exhibition is an international stone exhibition and stone processing in Xiamen. Here, a large number of international exhibitors showcase their latest products, innovations and design solutions. It provides a great platform for audience development. This exhibition is especially intended for stone importers and construction industry decision makers.
Exhibition Name: Xiamen
Date: 5-8 June 2023
Location: Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center
Total area: 162000 sqm
Total exhibitors: +2000
Number of countries exhibited: 57 countries
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