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EAST ASIA BEFORE THE WEST Five uries of Trade and Tr DAVID C. KANG AM sights rosened Libary of Congress C Kang, Ds pe. Inclads bibogaph sin opBoss 1 Bat Aia—Com sesosoisis “Ts boc spied on pape ined he United States. 1098765432 4 tions formed the basis place in the hierarchy how sg considerable infor China recognized as hegemon, there was DIPLOMACY ‘The Tribute System ESE CIVILIZATION had an enduring and transformative effect on Io pat ofa larger international system, as wel not just the deeply Cone lates. These mote general international relations in early modem East Asia by sed s and secondary st rcelative power. This ided benefits to the lar they were fo Cl Iturally iad of ways China, one another, and themselves As noted in the previous chap- nship between two political wi