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When the communists took over mainland, the literacy rate in China was below 20 percent.Many experts ascribe this considerable achievement to the simplification of Chinese written characters, actively promoted by the communists in the 1950s.Along with traditional Chinese characters, a simplified set of Chinese characters is one of the two sets of the contemporary Chinese written language. Simplified Chinese characters are used in the People's Republic of China in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia.This process of character simplification predates the PRC's creation in 1949 .Many Chinese intellectuals and writers have long maintained that character simplification would help increase literacy in China.However, there is not an exact correspondence between simplified and traditional characters.
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