People's Republic of China (PRC)  
  The PRC is the largest country in East Asia. It is a single-party socialist republic comprising of twenty-three provinces (including Taiwan), five autonomous regions, four municipalities, and two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). At 9.6 million kmĀ² and with more than 1.3 billion people (a fifth of humanity), it is the third or fourth largest country by area and the most populous in the world.