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zhong : middle Pinyinzhōng (first tone)
Englishcentre; middle
Pronounced like 'joong'

To the Chinese a compass has five directions not four. The centre or middle is treated as just as much a direction as our standard compass points. Many sinologists draw the conclusion that there is a introspective or inward nature to the general outlook in life. Certainly China has seen itself as the 'central' or 'middle' kingdom on Earth for many centuries. The pictogram is said to represent the firing of an arrow into the centre of a target.

zhōng guó rén
zhong : centre; middle guo : country; kingdom ren : person
middle kingdom person = Chinese person

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