Ethnic peoples in China enjoy
the freedom to use and develop their own
languages. Chinese is the universal language
in the country; It is also one of the five
working languages of the United Nations.
Due to historical and geographical reasons,
the Chinese language consists of quite a
few local dialects, such as Suzhou, Cantones,
and Fukienese dialects. Mandarin is the
standard spoken language for the Han people.
The Chinese characters, which are the written
form of the Chinese language, had their
origin in oracle inscriptions more than
6,000 years ago. Most of the 55 ethnic minorities,
however, speak their own languages and some
20 of them have their own written languages.