In China are spoken A LOT of different languages. Among them there are Mandarin (the official language of the People's Republic of China), Cantonese (spoken for example in Hong Kong) and Taiwanese. Anyway, the writing system (Chinese characters) is the same for all Chinese languages; so the term Mandarin (or Cantonese) refers only to the spoken language.
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