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Technology, Travel, and Transitions

The Ming Dynasty possessed the most massive fleet of ships in the world in the 15th century. With over 300 ships and superior naval technology, China dominated trade in the nearby waters. Chinese ships were superior to European technology at the height of their navy. China sent voyages for diplomatic reasons, as well as for trade and exploration. Had China not adopted a practice of isolation, the Eastern World could easily have become the focus of the Renaissance and world economies. However, China turned inward, shunning the outside world and dismantling their amazing fleet. Later, the Ming Dynasty was overthrown, giving rise to the new Qing Dynasty. This new dynasty focused mainly on rebuilding the Empire back to full strength while dealing with rebel factions of the old Ming Dynasty. Due to this transition of power, the naval capacity of China was never restored. The center of trade and science had at that point moved away from East Asia and into Europe.

Map of East Asia

East Asia map

The region of East Asia consists of 7 countries: Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Most areas of this region are developed, but many remain in 3rd world condition. These areas include parts of China, North Korea, Russia, and Mongolia. East Asian languages consists mainly of Russian, Mongolian, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. This region contributes much to the world's population, technology, and innovation. The governmental systems of the countries are varied: communism, dictatorship, democracy, and socialism. Overall, the country status in East Asia varies greatly.

Current news

March 2007


Avian Flu

Read about the avian flu. This document was written by Zoe H and Natalie V for their "disaster report." Many cases of avian flu have been reported in China and other Asian countries.