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 quick historical past of the zone. Explored are family members among China and Southeast Asia throughout millennia; styles of international relations, advertisement networks, and migration; and the way those have different through the years. With a spotlight on glossy historical past, it is a attention-grabbing account of imperial ambition, inner cave in and revival, cultural and advertisement endeavors, and conflict and revolution. vital perception into the complex historical past of the fastest-growing sector on this planet is offered.
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That wealth, and access to luxury products from Southeast Asia, seems to have motivated the first Qin emperor to send his victorious armies against the Yue kingdoms. Chinese domination was brief, however, and in the chaos that followed the overthrow of the Qin dynasty, many of the Yue peoples regained their independence. It was left to the emperor, Han Wudi, in the early first century BCE, finally to extend Chinese power to the southern coastal province of Guangdong, and to the Red River delta of northern Vietnam.
But because the Vietnamese shared the Chinese worldview, the ruler of Vietnam laid claim to the same cosmic relationship with Heaven and Earth as did the Son of Heaven, and the same relationship of hierarchical superiority to surrounding, less cultured peoples. 9 Only by such a device could Vietnam establish an acceptable bilateral relations regime with China, while at the same time expressing its own international relations culture in its dealings with its Southeast Asian neighbours. The attitudes towards its neighbours that Vietnam adopted as part of its culture of international relations carried with them implications for the extension of Vietnamese power that, not surprisingly, were remarkably similar to Chinese views.
Of course, foreign embassies also brought goods for trade, and the Chinese well appreciated their commercial value. A second conclusion is that the frequency of official embassies by no means indicated the extent and volume of trade between China and Funan. Private trade fluctuated, depending on political conditions in both China and Southeast Asia, but it certainly did not dry up for decades on end. ‘Smuggling’ continued even when official sanctions against trade were enforced, for local officials could always be bribed.
A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence (A Short History of Asia series) by Martin Stuart-Fox