China (i/ˈtʃaɪnə/; Chinese: 中国; pinyin: Zhōngguó), officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, with itsseat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The PRC also claims Taiwan – which is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC), a separate political entity – as its 23rd province, a claim controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan and the unresolved Chinese Civil War.
Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres, China is the world’s second-largest country by land area, and the third or fourth-largest by total area, depending on the definition of total area. China’s landscape is vast and diverse, with forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakandeserts occupying the arid north and northwest near Mongolia and Central Asia, and subtropical forests prevalent in the wetter south near Southeast Asia. The terrain of western China is rugged and elevated, with the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separating China from South and Central Asia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, have their sources in the Tibetan Plateau and continue to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China’s coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometres (9,000 mi) long and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas.
AIESEC History: (by Thu Phong Vuong)
AIESEC in Mainland of China was officially recognized at the 2002 International Presidents Meeting in Malta. However, efforts to include MoC in the AIESEC network started in 1984 when AIESEC in Germany received the mandate from AI for the extension. The expansion initiative in China was able to send Chinese students to Germany until the program was stopped after the Tiananmen Incident in 1989.
In 1994, Lisa Cui, later on followed by Lilli Hein (both from AIESEC in the US) and Kate Larsen (AIESEC in New Zealand) initiated contact with high-ranking government officials. At the end of the decade, Chinese students participated in internships in other countries, including US and Japan, through the AIESEC exchange program. This was supported by several Go China Teams, which were largely composed of members from Japan, Germany (initiated by German Müller), and Hong Kong (including Sinko Chuy and Ivan Chiu). The China expansion initiative was also supposed by the Board of Directors of AIESEC in the US, which included John Allen and Janet McElligot, a former White House staff member.
From 2000 to 2002, Evgeny Kosolapov (formerly MCP of AIESEC in Russia), Tzzy Wang (from AIESEC in the US) and Thu Phong Vuong (from AIESEC in Germany) were the last AIESECers without a Chinese citizenship to head the initiative, until Gu Kaijia became the first MCP of MoC with her team.
In 2012, Florent MeiYi became the first President of AIESEC International from MoC.
Since starting LCs in Beijing and Shanghai in 1997, there are currently 32 full LCs in MoC.
AIESEC Alumni Mainland of China:
We have sporadic activities in Beijing and Shanghai, but there is no formal National Alumni Association yet. One of the biggest events was the celebration of 10th anniversary of AIESEC in MoC in May 2012, attended by all 10 MCPs and close to 200 alumni.
First Thirstday/Alumnites are regularly held in Beijing, but gatherings in Shanghai are spontaneous and
There is no National Alumni Association existing at this moment. We have sporadic activities in Beijing and Shanghai. One of the biggest events was the celebration of 10 years of AIESEC in Mainland of China in May 2012, with all 10 MCP present and close to 200 Alumni. In Beijing, we have a recurring First Thirstday/ Alumnite, whereas in Shanghai, most gatherings are rather spontaneous and not formally organized.
A delegation of 13 Alumni participated in the AAAP Conference in Hong Kong in June 2013.
The Facebook account for AIESEC of MoC Alumni currently has 339 members. Several alumni are trying to structure the alumni association, despite the challenges of reengaging alumni outside Beijing and Shanghai, and of gathering the mostly young alumni, i.e. only a few alumni are older than 35.