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China
China World's Largest Population with Nearly 1-1/2 Billion
China, officially the People's Republic of China, has the world's largest population, around 1.4 billion. It is the world's second-largest by surface area. China is governed by the Communist Party of China.

Republic of China Defeats Qing Dynasty (Last Dynasty of China)
For thousands of years, China's political system was based on hereditary monarchies, or dynasties. In 1912, the Republic of China replaced the Qing Dynasty.

Republic of China Defeated by Communist People's Liberation Army
The communist People's Liberation Army defeated the Republic of China at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Communist Party then established the People's Republic of China.

Nuclear Weapon State
China is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states, that includes the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, and France.

As of 2015, China possesses the second smallest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, at about 260 total warheads.