Since ancient times, China has been the cultural, economic, and military leader in East Asia. Because of China's privileged position in this region, the surrounding peoples and cultures have been deeply influenced by China, and over the course of the last two thousand years, East Asia has developed its own unique world order. Following significant advancements in geographic knowledge and travel, the modern West became increasingly more involved in East Asia. During the early 16th century, the Western and Eastern world orders came into contact, leading to an...
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