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Unformatted text preview: s. I. Geography I. The Impact of Geographical Environment on Chinese Civilization Traditionally a land­oriented nation. Geographical isolation made development of Chinese civilization independent of other civilizations. Vastness of land and complex geology/climate contributed to pluralism and differences. II. Chinese People II. Relatively homogeneous Han Chinese (93%) + 55 ethnic minorities (7%). III. Chinese Language III. Chinese (Mandarin) belongs to the Sinitic family of languages. Chinese written language started expanding into the rest of East Asia with the Qi...
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