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EAST ASIA BOOK NOTES M ajor Geographic Qualities of East Asia (453) 1) East Asia is encircled by snowcapped mountains, vast deserts, cold climates, and Pacific waters 2) East Asia was one of the worlds earliest culture hearths, and China is one of the worlds oldest continuous civilizations 3) East Asia is the worlds most populous geographic realm, but its population remains strongly concentrated in its eastern regions 4) China, the worlds largest nation-state demographically, is the current rendition of an empire that has expanded and contracted, fragmented and unified many times during its long existence 5) China today remains a strongly rural society, and its vast eastern river basins feed hundreds of millions in a historic pattern that continues today 6) Chinas sparsely peopled western regions are strategically important to the state, but they lie exposed to minority pressures and Islamic influences 7) Along Chinas Pacific frontage an economic transformation is taking place, affecting all the coastal provinces and creating an emerging Pacific Rim region 8) Increasing regional disparities and fast-changing cultural landscapes are straining East Asian societies 9) Japan, the economic giant of the Eat Asian realm, has a history of colonial expansion and wartime conduct that still affects international relations here 10) East Asia may witness the rise of the worlds next superpower as Chinas economic and military strength and influence grow and if China avoids and devolutionary forces that fractured the Soviet Union 11) The political geography of East Asia contains a number of flashpoints that can generate conflict, including Taiwan, North Korea, and several groups in the realms seas---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DEFINING THE REALM: EAST ASIA (453)- Introduction: o China = Most Populous country in world o @ Periphery, (Japan) = most powerful national economies o @ Interior: Worlds highest mountains, vast deserts o Storehouse of raw materials o Basins of its great rivers produce food that can sustain more than a billion people- Defining the Realm: East Asia o Six political entities (Not states, entities b/c distinction is significant) 1)) China Formal Name: Communist Republic of China 2)) Japan 3)) South Korea 4)) North Korea 5)) Mongolia 6)) Taiwan Formal Name: Republic of China o 2006: America White House party confused China with Taiwan, introducing China as Republic of China instead of Communist Republic of China o East Asia Between sparsely people Siberian expanses of Russia (north) Populous countries that make up S and SE Asia (south) o Realm extends from lofty snowcapped peaks and vast empty deserts in central Asia to ... View Full Document

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