Here is a list of 1000 most common Chinese characters according to CME
 
This list consists of:
CME Lessons 1-70: 520 characters
CME Book 5 appendix: 160 characters
Additional list: 320 characters
TOTAL: 1000 characters
 
Here is the 1000 characters in a Word file. However, you will first need to install the Pintone font.