East Asia: China, Korea, Japan 200 CE

The Han dynasty of China has dominated much of ancient East Asia for a long period of history - but not for much longer.

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What is happening in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan in 200CE

The Han dynasty has now governed China for 400 years. It will not do so for much longer.

An empire in decline

Forces are at work which are tearing its empire apart and will lead to the next phase of China’s history – one of weakness and division.

The late Han period in China sees an important advance in technology, with the invention of paper. This event, which will have a huge impact on world history, apparently took place at the imperial court itself, in an effort to make administration more manageable.

Korea and Japan

China’s long-lasting influence upon the East Asian world continues to grow, however. In Korea, the Chinese occupation has led to the growth of the powerful kingdom of Koguryo; here and elsewhere in the Korean peninsula the tribal aristocracies are adopting many elements of Chinese civilization. Furthermore, links between the Korean peninsula and Japan remain very strong, and these act as a conduit for Chinese influences into these islands.

By this date, Buddhism has begun to reach East Asia, with missionaries arriving from Central Asia along the Silk Road.

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