Nanjing is one of China's most important commercial, cultural, and industrial centers.
The city has a history spanning nearly 2,500 years, and in recent years has seen rapid development.The affairs and news of Nanjing affect the whole of China, and the world as well; yet unlike the major cities of Europe or Japan, the general populace of the U.S. and other English speaking nations generally lack in-depth knowledge about this metropolis of over 4 million people.