China has a widely diverse landscape. To the west one will find the Himalayas and Plateau of Tibet. South and east of the plateau is the point of origination for the Yangtze, Mekong, Brahmaputra, and Indus rivers. In the northern middle of mainland China lies the Gobi Desert (World Reference Atlas). The ruthless and rocky landscape expands over 500,000 square miles between China and Mongolia (Gobi Desert - New World Encyclopedia). In the east, China is fabricated of alluvial lowlands and low hills. The Yangtze extends across the country from the west to the east and deposits into the East China Sea just north of Shanghai. The Yangtze River is notable as China’s longest river and principle navigable waterway (World Reference Atlas). China has great advantages to assist economic development because it has 14,500 square miles of coastline. The Chinese utilize this geographical feature for importing and exporting, as well as for natural resources. Ch...
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