East Asia: China, Korea, Japan 2005 CE

The recent histories of all the nations of East Asia, China, Japan and Korea, have seen them become major economic powerhouses in the world.

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What is happening in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan in 2005CE

Economic Growth

The later decades of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century have been a much happier time for most East Asians than the preceding ones. With the exception of Vietnam, where American forces were heavily engaged against Communist guerillas until 1973, peace has been the normal condition in this vast region its during recent history. The peoples of Japan and South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, have all become amongst the wealthiest in the world. The Chinese have also seen a massive rise in wealth since the late 1970s, with their nation becoming the second largest economy in the world. Even Vietnam has experienced a large measure of economic growth since the late 1970s.

North Korea

North Korea remains stuck in the 1950s, however: the country remains isolated and impoverished under what must surely be the most destructive regime in the world.

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Modern China

Modern Japan (brief article)

Modern Korea (brief article)

The Cold War

Global civilization

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