姜是老的辣jiāng shì lǎo de là Experience gives wisdom 口是心非kǒu shì xīn fēi To say the opposite of what you really think 失败是成功之母shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ Learning from mistakes 头头是道tóu tóu shì daò Logically and rigorously argued
她是美国人tā shì měi guórén She is an American 他们不是法国人tā ménbù shì fǎ guórén They are not French 你是英国人吗nǐ shì yīng guórén mǎ Are you English? 这是我的张票zhè shì wǒ dezhāng piào This is my ticket 还是hái shì or
Governing 1,400 million people is no mean feat. China's structure of government is a power pyramid with the President at its head. In theory the people elect representatives who decide policy, in practise the ruling elite are rarely challenged by the democratic process. However the strong military involvement in government has been on the wane for over 25 years.
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