What does Putonghua mean?

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  1. Standard Mandarin, the official language of the People's Republic of China; the common national speech of the Han nationality using Beijing pronunciation as the standard pronunciation, Beijing speech as the basic dialect, and the model writing of the modern vernacular prose as the norm for grammar.
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However, this forceful promotion of Putonghua has also given rise to the risk of cultural extinction.
There have been widespread efforts to promote usage of Putonghua in Hong Kong since the handover, with specific efforts to train police and teachers.
Speakers and athletes alternated between Putonghua and Cantonese as they addressed the crowd.
The official language of China is putonghua or Mandarin, spoken by over 70 percent of the Han Chinese.
There exist two standardised forms of the language, namely Putonghua in Mainland China and Guoyu in Taiwan.
They refuse to speak putonghua and they refuse to travel to China.

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