Chinese Name for China (the country)

Chinese name for China (the country): what you see below is the most common way to call China (the country) in Chinese. The name for China is composed of two characters. There is also a more formal name for China, and it is the one written on Chinese passports. To view it, please click on the following link:

Chinese name for China (as on passports)

In this page you're going to read everything about the Chinese name for China (the country) in 3 sections:

Section 1:
SECTION 1:
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Chinese Name for China (the country)

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中国

SECTION 2:
MEANING OF EACH CHINESE CHARACTER

First character of the Chinese Name for China (the country)

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4
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-Center, middle; China; in, among; medium, intermediate; mean, halfway between two extremes; intermediary
-Good for, agreeable to
-Right, OK, well
-A surname

Some Chinese characters have more than one pronunciation. This is one of them!
It can be pronounced also zhong4. Pronounced that way, it means: Hit, fit exactly; be hit by, fall into, be affected by, suffer, sustain.

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.

Second character of the Chinese Name for China (the country)

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8
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-Country, nation, state
-National, of the state
-A surname

This character has two different traditional versions.

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-(same as simplified one's)
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-(same as simplified one's)
SECTION 3:
TRADITIONAL VERSION

Traditional versions of
the name for China (the country)

The name for China (the country) has 2 different traditional versions.

Name for China (the country)
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Traditional Chinese Name for China (the country) 1
Traditional Chinese Name for China (the country) 2

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