We often say that China's history spans 5,000 years, "five thousand years up and down." The United States always scoffs at fact that its history goes back over 200 years. This view is actually wrong. Because we don't treat problem according to same standard. When we say that history of China is 5,000 years old, we are talking from point of view of civilization, that is, Chinese civilization is about 5,000 years old. 200 years of United States from point of view of regime The United States of America has existed for more than 200 years.
So, by same standard, how long is history of China and United States? First, we compare in terms of mode. The United States of America was created in 1787. It is a federation of thirteen independent states of North America, with a history of 232 years. The People's Republic of China existed in 1949 and has 70 years of history. Politically, United States has a longer history than China.
1787 Constitutional Convention
Next, we will compare in terms of civilization. Chinese civilization, starting from Xia Dynasty, has a history of 4,000 years. The civilization of United States belongs to Western civilization, that is, descendants of Greece, Rome and Rome. The earliest civilization in Greece was Cretan civilization, which entered era of civilization almost 4000 years ago. From point of view of time of civilization, time of Western civilization and Chinese civilization are similar.
Of course, in terms of geographical and historical comparison between China and US, China has an absolute advantage. The civilization of this region of China is also a Chinese civilization, that is, a national organization that arose 4000 years ago. North America, where United States is located, has always existed in era of tribal society in antiquity, and only with advent of modern European colonists, North America was brought into modern civilization.
Today, United States is not a country founded by Indians in past, but a country founded by Europeans who came to North America. Therefore, history of regional civilizations in United States does not make much sense. We cannot say that United States has a shallow historical and cultural background, on contrary, it also has thousands of years of cultural accumulation.