While no longer the communist state that it was during the 20th century, China still retains the one-party socialist state ideology of its birth. As the world's most populous country, and its third largest economy, China is rapidly growing as a global power. With plans to launch their first manned missions to the Moon and Mars within the end of the decade, China is desperately trying to catch up to its greatest rival, the United States of America.
In 2010 China seized ownership of all US factories within the country, however this had only a minimal effect on the surging US economy, because of the rapid growth of high quality goods in America. China's main economic source is still manufacturing, though their automotive and electronics industry is set to soon pass that of Japan. Exports to the US have dropped to their lowest in decades, and imports from the US have never been higher. With China's economy threatened to be overtaken by the US, it is no surprise that the Socialist Government is desperately trying to capture an asteroid of their own.
In the early 2000s calls for Democracy grew to as high as they were during the 1980s and China faced pressure from all sides to instigate greater democratic practices into their government, and certain sects of the Communist Party began to agree. China had directly blamed these "revolts" on the domineering US culture. By 2006 the PRC conceeded to political pressure and offered a compromise, the Republic of China would re-join the PRC if National People's Congress and Presidency were given over to direct elections. Taiwan reluctantly agreed and rejoined the People's Republic of China. Currently China has three political entities: The Communist Party, the Socio-Democrats, and the Democratic Party. While the Communists are still very much in power, the Democrats and Socio-Democrats have been taking control in the majority of China's cities and trade ports.
The PRC is one of the original trading partners with the Confederation Afghanistan, and subsequently a strong partner with the other nations of the middle east and India. China is the largest trading partner with the Middle East and South East Asia. The Central Asian Trade Bureau has assured China a place as a great international partner with most of Eurasia, especially Russia. China does have relationships with the US, but Chinese companies' coldest rivals are American companies.
China is officially atheist, however Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese Folklore Religions are tolerated by state institutions. Despite being illegal Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China.