East Asia: China, Korea, Japan 979 CE

China's influence over Korea and Japan has diminished, but at home this phase of its history is a time of great advance.

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What is happening in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan in 979CE

The Song dynasty in China

In China, the great Tang dynasty has given way to the Song, a dynasty which will not experience the same degree of military success as the Tang but which will preside over a great period of economic advance in Chinese history.

Korea and Japan

Korea and Japan are both loosening their ties with China, politically and culturally. Their aristocracies now play a much more prominent role in their societies than has been the case in China, where the civil service has been the key power broker, since at least the time of the Han dynasty.

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