By Martin Stuart-Fox

This informative yet concise background of China and Southeast Asia is ideal for tourists, scholars, lecturers, and businesspeople. moveable and attractively designed, it comprises colour illustrations, maps, and a short historical past of the quarter. Explored are kinfolk among China and Southeast Asia throughout millennia; styles of international relations, advertisement networks, and migration; and the way those have different over the years. With a spotlight on smooth heritage, it is a attention-grabbing account of imperial ambition, inner cave in and revival, cultural and advertisement endeavors, and struggle and revolution. vital perception into the advanced heritage of the fastest-growing area on this planet is offered.

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Merchants who stayed were targets for extortion by local rebels, and then had their goods and property confiscated for allegedly supporting rebellion when imperial power was restored. shorthistory China 1/10/02 10:38 AM Page 1 Early relations Image rights unavailable Malay trading vessel, bas-relief, Borobodur, Java, ninth century. For the next century trade was intermittent, as reflected by the greatly reduced number of missions from Southeast Asia. The final blow came in 879 when Canton was sacked by Chinese rebels and many foreign merchants were killed.

For one thing, after Han Wudi’s reign no official encouragement was given to overseas trade, though if we are to believe the historian Ban Gu writing almost two centuries later, tributary (essentially trade) missions were received from as far away as south India. Also, the products of Southeast Asia were relatively little known. The luxury items most prized by the Chinese came from India and further west, overland along the fabled Silk Road. Sea trade was dangerous, and as foreign vessels continued to make port in northern Vietnam and southern China, bringing pearls, coral, tortoise shell, precious stones and bird’s feathers to exchange for silks and gold, there was little need for Chinese merchants to sail their own ships into the Southern Ocean.

Expansion of contacts: trade and religion In 280 CE the northern Jin dynasty reunified China, though their victory was short-lived. A number of Southeast Asian kingdoms, including Funan and Champa (known to the Chinese as Lin-yi), took the opportunity to establish official relations with the new regime. Over the next disturbed century, however, very few embassies were recorded from Southeast Asia, though it might have been expected that the loss of central Asian trade routes would once again have stimulated Chinese interest in the Nanyang.

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