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The Tribute Trade System and Chinese Diasporas

Geoffrey C. Gunn

in History Without Borders

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083343
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882208988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083343.003.0005
The Tribute Trade System and Chinese Diasporas

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For over two millennia, China was wedded to the East-Southeast Asian world via elaborate and highly formalized tribute trade networks—a China-focused trade system in which almost all the regional maritime polities participated. The Nanhai or South Sea trade, spanning the 11 centuries before the foundation of the Song dynasty in 960 CE, was, as described by Wang Gungwu (1958), a multifaceted trade. Much of it was also outside of the officialized China-centered tribute trade. This chapter sketches the origins of Chinese settlement in Southeast Asia, whether inside or outside the officialized tributary trade system, as Chinese communities would take on a permanent character across the region by the “early modern” period. It deals with the tribute trade system and Chinese diasporas.

Keywords: China; East-Southeast Asian; Nanhai; South Sea trade; Wang Gungwu

Chapter.  10827 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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