It's just ridiculous how close they both are to each other
SO Actually USA does steal the third spot :)
Russia Canada USA china Brazil Australia India Argentina Kazakhstan and Algeria then it's Democratic Republic of the Congo then Denmark and Greenland
In terms of land area alone its Russia>China>USA>Canada.
In terms of land area + lakes it's Russia>Canada>China>USA. (imo this is the term you should use, as the rest of the world does when it thinks of land territory. After all, under the lakes is... land)
In terms of land area + lakes + coastal waters it's Russia>Canada>China>USA
In any of those ways China is larger than the US.
Even if you were to clue in the sea territories, China would probably still beat the US but due to the tiny Spratly Islands dispute it can't get a conclusive figure.
USA land + inland lakes area is: 9,526,468 sq km. The figure up on the list there is an inflated one that includes not only the coastal waters, but also sea waters (that the CIA factbook uses, but no other country does).
See notes 3 and 4 on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_area
The reality is China 9,640,821km2, USA 9,526,468 km2.
And Indonesia smaller than Mexico
Not including territories is sensible in that overseas claims such as those on Antarctica are not universally accepted
P.S.- I'm only 13, yo.
Anyways, I FREAKIN' FORGOT MEXICO AND SUDAN!!!!!
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Well I'm only 10....
In some lists, they might have it as an HM(Honorable Mention)