- Foreign relations of Imperial China
Imperial Chinahad a long tradition of foreign relations. From the Qin Dynastyuntil the Qing Dynasty, Chinese civilizationhad an impact upon neighboring countries and distant ones, while China's culture was transformed gradually by outside influences as well.
In pre-modern times, the theory of foreign relations of
Chinaheld that the Chinese Empirewas the Celestial Dynasty, the center of world civilization, with the Emperor of Chinabeing the leader of the civilized world. This view saw China as equivalent to All under heaven. All other states were considered to be tributaries, under the suzerainrule of China. Some were direct vassals.
Unsurprisingly, there were a few periods when Chinese foreign relations could sometimes take on
isolationisttones, because of the view that the rest of the world was poor and backwards and had little to offer.
Nevertheless, China was, from very early history, a center of
trade. Many of China's interactions with the outside world came via the Silk Road. This included, during the second century AD, contact with representatives of the Roman Empire, and during the thirteenth century, contact with Venetian traveler Marco Polo.
Chinese foreign policy was often aimed at containing the threat of so-called "
barbarian" invaders (such as the Xiongnu, Mongols, and Jurchen) from the north. This could be done by military means, such as an active offense (campaigns into the north) or a more passive defense (as exemplified by the Great Wall of China). The Chinese also arranged marriage alliances known as heqin, or "peace marriage."
Chinese officers distinguished between "matured/familiar barbarians" (foreigners influenced by
Chinese culture) and "raw barbarians".Fact|date=October 2007
In many periods, Chinese foreign policy was especially assertive. One such case was during the voyages of the
eunuch admiral Zheng Heduring the Ming Dynasty.
Although many kings of the Shang and Zhou dynasties ruled beforehand, in 221 BC, the ruler of the State of Qin,
Qin Shi Huang, was the first to bring all of China under one unified and uniform empire, the Qin Dynasty. Under his leadership and a society modelled around strict adherence to the Legalist philosophy, his once backwater western frontier state conquered all of the rivaling Warring Statesin ancient China. The Chinese domain was also extended into Inner Mongolia and Manchuria to the north, and with naval expeditions sent to the south, the indigenous Yue peoples of modern-day Guangdongand northern Vietnam(the latter called Jiaozhi, and then Annam during the Tang Dynasty) were also quelled and brought under Chinese rule.
The period of the
Han Dynasty(202 BC–220 AD) was a groundbreaking era in the history of Imperial China's foreign relations. During the long reign of Emperor Wu of Han(r. 141–87 BC), the travels of Chinese ambassador Zhang Qianopened up China's relations with many different Asian territories for the first time. While traveling to the Western Regionsin order to seek out an alliance with the Yuezhiagainst the Xiongnu, Zhang was imprisoned by the Xiongnu for many years, but he brought back detailed reports of lands that had been previously unknown to the Chinese. This included details of his travels to the Greek-Hellenized kingdoms of Fergana( Dayuan) and the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom( Daxia), as well as reports of Anxi ( Parthia), Tiaozhi ( Mesopotamia), Shendu ( India), and the WusunCentral Asian nomads. After his travels, the famous land trading route of the Silk Roadleading from China to the Roman Empire was established. Emperor Wu was also known for his conquests and successful campaigns against the Xiongnu. He warred against the Kingdom of Wiman Joseonin order to establish the Four Commanderies of Hanin Manchuria, one of which was established in northern Korea, the Lelang Commandery. By 111 BC, Emperor Wu reconquered northern Vietnam. It had had been under the NanyueKingdom's rule since the Qin naval officer Zhao Tuohad broken ties with mainland rule in the fall of Qin and establishment of Han.Yet Chinese trading missions to follow were not limited to travelling across land and terrain. During the 2nd century BC, the Chinese had sailed past Southeast Asiaand into the Indian Ocean, reaching India and Sri Lankaby sea before the Romans. This sea route became well traveled not only by merchants and diplomats, but also Chinese religious missionaries in search of further Indian Buddhist texts to translate from Sanskritto Chinese. In 148 AD, the Parthian prince known as An Shigao was the first to translate Buddhist scriptures into Chinese. There were many other Buddhist missionaries as well, including Yuezhi missionaries and KushanBuddhist missionaries from northern India who introduced Buddhism to China. The Emperor Ming of Hanestablishing the White Horse Templein the 1st century AD is demarcated by the 6th century Chinese writer Yang Xuanzhias the official introduction of Buddhism to China. Also by the 1st century AD, the Chinese made sea contacts with Yayoi period Japan, inhabited by what the Chinese termed as the Wa people. By the 1st century, the Chinese also established relations with the Kingdom of Funan, centered in what is now Cambodia, but stretched partly into Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Han general
Ban Chao(32-102 AD) reconquered the states in the Western Regions(modern day Tarim Basinin Xinjiang) after pushing the Xiongnu out of the region. This included the kingdoms of Kashgar, Loulan, and Khotan, which were returned to Chinese control. However, in his war against the Xiongnu he traveled past the Pamir Mountainsand far into Central Asia and even into Persia, the latter of which was under control of the Parthian Empire. He reached as far as the Caspian Sea, yet sent his emissary Gan Ying even further in order to reach Rome ( Daqin). Gan Ying perhaps made it as far as the Black Sea and Roman-era Syria, but turned back. He did however bring back reports of the Roman Empire, and there is evidence that subsequent Roman embassies to Chinatook place.
Although introduced during the Han Dynasty, the chaotic, divisionary period of the
Sixteen Kingdoms(220-589) period saw a flourishing of Buddhismand travels to foreign regions inspired by Buddhist missionaries. There were Indian monks such as Kumarajiva(344-413) from Kuchawho traveled to China in order to translate Sanskrit-language texts into Chinese. There were also many Chinese who traveled abroad in order to obtain and translate Buddhist sutras into Chinese, such as the Chinese monk Faxian(337-422), who in his old age traveled to Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. From China, Buddhism entered Korea by 372. It was first practiced in the northern state of Goguryeo, and would eventually develop into distinctive Korean Buddhism. As recorded in the " Nihon Shoki", Buddhism in Japanwas introduced by 552 with a religious mission sent by Seong of Baekje, ruler of one of the three Korean kingdoms.
Three Kingdoms(220-280) was a period of Chinese history consumed by incessant warfare amongst a triad of rival claimants to the Han legacy. The triple schism of China into three warring states made engaging in costly conflict a necessity, so they could not heavily commit themselves to issues and concerns of traveling abroad. The Kingdom of Shu Hanin the west conquered the Hmong peopleto the southwest, then known as the Nanman. There was another recorded Roman embassy to China that visited the court of Cao Rui(226-239) in the northern state of Cao Wei, most likely sent by Alexander Severus. Another Roman embassy was recorded in 284, most likely sent by Carus; this was the last Sino-Roman contact recorded by the Chinese.
The Jin Dynasty was established in 265 (after conquering
Shu Han) by the noble Sima family that had once served the state of Cao Wei, and conquered the kingdom of Eastern Wuin 280, thus ending the Three Kingdoms era. However, the state was weakened and left vulnerable with the War of the Eight Princesfrom 291 to 306. This allowed for sinicized Xiongnunomads to capture both of China's historical capitals at Luoyangand Chang'an, forcing the remnants of the Jin court to flee south to Jiankang( Nanjing). The Xiongnu then established rule in the north under the Han Zhaokingdom. The Jin Dynasty period saw a continuing flourishing of Buddhism and Buddhist travel.
outhern and Northern Dynasties
Southern and Northern Dynasties(420-589) period was a period consumed by warfare like the Three Kingdoms before it, yet this period saw the flourishing of Buddhist sites along the Silk Roadlike never before. This includes Buddhist sites such as the Yungang Grottoes, the Longmen Grottoes, and the Mogao Caves.
Emperor Wen of Suiruled in northern China since 581, and conquered the Chen Dynastyin the south by 589, hence reunifying China under the Sui Dynasty(581–618). He and his successor Emperor Yang of Suiinitiated several military campaigns.
Northern Vietnam was retaken by conquest, while there was a temporary occupation of the
ChampaKingdom in southern Vietnam. They launched unsuccessful campaigns against the northern Korean kingdom of Goguryeoduring the Three Kingdoms of Korea, depleting not only troops but ultimately much of the government's revenue.
Grand Canal of Chinawas completed during the Sui Dynasty, enhancing indigenous trade between northern and southern Chinaby canal and river traffic. One of the diplomatic highlights of this short-lived dynastic period was Prince Shōtoku's Japanese embassy to China led by Ono no Imokoin 607 AD.
Tang Dynasty(618-907) represents another high point for the Middle Kingdom in terms of its military might, conquest and establishment of vassals and tributaries, foreign trade, and its central political position and preeminent cultural status in East Asia.
One of the most ambitious rulers of the dynasty was
Emperor Taizong of Tang(r. 626-649). He initiated several significant war campaigns in Chinese history, most of them against powerful Turkic groups of Central Asia. This includes campaigns against Eastern Tujue, Tuyuhun, Tufan, the Xiyu states of the Tarim Basin, and the Xueyantuo. In a formidable alliance with the Korean Silla Kingdom, a combined Tang-Silla fleet made a decisive victory over the Korean Baekje Kingdom and her Yamato Japanese allies in the naval Battle of Baekgangin 663. Emperor Taizong also invaded northern Korea in an effort to help their Silla Kingdom ally crush its rival kingdom of Goguryeoto the north. Taizong's other intention in invading northern Korea was to secure territory of an old Chinese commandery in northern Korea that had been lost since the Goguryeo Kingdom captured it from the Jin Dynasty in the 4th century. However, Goguryeo's territory fell into the hands of Silla, not the Tang Dynasty.
Chinese trade relations during the Tang was extended further west to the
Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, and Egypt. Many contemporary writers from foreign countries described Chinese ships, Chinese goods brought to foreign ports, as well as Chinese seaports. Amongst the Chinese authors, the writer Duan Chengshi(d. 863) described trade in East African Somaliaand between 785 and 805 the Chinese geographer Jia Dan described lighthouses that were erected in the Persian Gulf, confirmed later by Muslim writers al-Mas'udiand al-Muqaddasi. The introduction of Islam in Chinabegan during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of Tang(r. 649–683), with missionaries such as Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, a maternal uncle to the Prophet Muhammad. The seaportat Guangzhouin southern China became one of the largest seaports in the world, hosting foreign travelers throughout maritime Asia. The Tang Chinese capital city of Chang'anbecame well-known as a multicultural metropolisfilled with foreign travelers, dignitaries, merchants, emissaries, and missionaries. Chinese Buddhist monks such as Xuanzang(d. 664) continued to travel abroad to places like India in order to gain wisdom, collect Buddhist relics, and translate additional sutras into Chinese.
Although the reign of
Emperor Xuanzong of Tang(r. 712–756) is seen as the zenith point of the Tang Dynasty, it was during the last years of his reign that one of the most destructive rebellions in Chinese history occurred. The Tang Chinese had recruited many Central Asian Turks into their armed forces. One of these was An Lushan(703–757), a Sogdian-Turk who became a military commander and personal favorite of Xuanzong's concubine Yang Guifei. He instigated the An Lushan Rebellion, which caused the deaths of millions of people, cost the Tang Dynasty their Central Asian possessions, and allowed the Tibetans to invade China and temporarily occupy the capital at Chang'an. The dynasty recovered under Emperor Xianzong of Tang(805-820) but it never achieved its former martial and political strength. The unintended affect of the rebellion, however, was the loosening of government restrictions on trade. Although the 9th century was politically turbulent, the economy of China actually continued to thrive, bolstered still by foreign trade. The Japanese were sending embassies to Tang China as late as 894, which was finally halted by Emperor Udaby the persuasion of Sugawara no Michizane.
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms(907-960) period was an age of division and Chinese civil war between the unified Tang and Song dynasties. It is notable for the introduction of Greek Fire(or a formula similar to the original) from Chinese contacts in Arabia. Greek Fire was then applied to the new Chinese invention of the double- pistonpump flamethrower, used in battle during the eras of the Five Dynasties and Song Dynasty.
The Chinese political theory of China being the center of world diplomacy was largely accepted in
East Asia, except in periods of Chinese weakness such as the Song Dynasty(960-1279).
During the Northern Song period (960-1279), the Chinese emperors were forced to accept the
Khitan Khaghan, ruler of the Manchurian-based Liao Dynasty, as their equals. When the Jurchens toppled the Liao Dynasty in a rebellion aided by the Song Dynasty, they then turned against Song and conquered northern China as far south as the Huai River.
The Southern Song (1127-1279) court was then forced to acknowledge the rulers of the Jurchen Jin Dynasty as their superiors. The
Mongols conquered the Jin Dynasty in 1234 with aid given by the Song, yet the Song Dynasty was also conquered by 1279.
With powerful sinicized kingdoms to its north such as the
Tangut-led Western Xia, the Song Dynasty Chinese were forced to engage in skillful diplomacy. The famous statesmen and scientists Shen Kuo(1031-1095) and Su Song(1020-1101) were both sent as Song ambassadors to the Liao Dynasty in order to settle border disputes. Shen Kuo asserted Song China's rightful borders in the north by dredging up old archived court documents and signed agreements between the Song and Liao dynasties. Su Song asserted Song China's rightful borders in a similar way, only he used his extensive knowledge of cartographyand maps to solve a heated border dispute.
Chinese maritime trade increased dramatically during the Song period, with the bustling
seaportat Quanzhoutaking the lead. Maritime trade abroad was augmented by a booming shipbuildingindustry in medieval Fujianprovince. It was also enhanced by an economic revolution in Song China and the presence of many wealthy, willing investors of maritime trade missions. There were several notable diplomatic missions sent to China from foreign countries during the Song Dynasty. This included the embassy of Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allahof Fatimid Egypt to the court of Emperor Zhenzong of Songin 1008, as well as the embassy of Kulothunga Chola Iof the Indian Chola Dynastyto the court of Emperor Shenzong of Songin 1077.
Although the golden age of
Chinese Buddhismended during the Tang Dynasty, there were still influential Chinese Buddhist monks. This included the ZenBuddhist monk Wuzhun Shifan(1178-1249), who taught Japanese disciples such as Enni Ben'en (1201-1280). After returning to Japan from China, the latter contributed to the spread of Zen teaching in Japan and aided in the establishment of Tōfuku-ji.
Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368) of China was the easternmost division of the vast Mongol Empire(stretching from East Asiato East Europe), which became separated into four khanates beginning with the succesion war in 1260. The Mongol leaders Genghis Khan, Ögedei Khan, Mongke Khan, and Hulagu Khanwere able to conquer the Tangut Western Xiaand the Jurchen Jin Dynasty in northern China, as well as invaded Korea under the GoryeoDynasty, turning it into a vassal state that was ruled indirectly. The Mongols withdrew after Korean monarchs agreed to move its capital back to the mainland from Ganghwa Island.
It was the Mongol leader
Kublai Khanwho finally conquered the Southern Song Dynasty in 1279. Kublai was an ambitious leader who used Korean, Chinese, and Mongol troops to invade Japan on two separate occasions, yet both campaigns were ultimately failures.
The Yuan Dynasty Chinese and Mongols continued the maritime trading legacy of the Tang and Song dynasties. The Yuan Dynasty ship captain known as
Wang Dayuan(fl. 1328-1339) was the first from China to travel by sea through the Mediterranean upon his visit to Moroccoin North Africa. One of the diplomatic highlights of this period was the Chinese embassy to the Cambodian Khmer Empireunder Indravarman III, led by the envoy Zhou Daguan(166-1346) from the years 1296 to 1297. In his report to the Yuan court, Zhou Daguan described places such as Angkor Watand everyday life of the Khmer Empire. It was during the early years of Kublai Khan's reign that Marco Polo(1254-1324) visited China, presumably as far as the previous Song capital at Hangzhou, which he described with a great deal of admiration for its scenic beauty.
The first emperor of the
Ming Dynasty(1368–1644), the Hongwu Emperor(r. 1368–1398), was the head of the Red Turban Rebellionwhen he routed the rival rebel Chinese leaders and then forced the Mongol leaders of the Yuan Dynasty to flee north, back into the Mongolian steppe. The Ming Dynasty made a string of conflicts with the Mongols thereafter, some of which were successful, and others of which were not. An example of the latter would be the Tumu Crisisin 1449, where the Zhengtong Emperorwas captured by the Mongols and not released until a year later.
The Hongwu Emperor allowed foreign envoys to visit the capital at
Nanjing, but enacted strict legal prohibitions of private maritime trade by Chinese merchants wishing to travel abroad. The greatest diplomatic highlights of the Ming period were the enormous maritime tributary missions and expeditions of the admiral Zheng He(1371-1433), a favored eunuch commander of the Yongle Emperor(r. 1402-1424). Zheng He's missions docked at ports throughout much of the Asian world, including those in Borneo, the Malay state of the Malacca Sultanate, Sri Lanka, India, Persia, Arabia, and East Africa. Meanwhile, the Chinese under Yongle invaded northern Vietnam in 1402, and remained there until 1428, when Le Loiled a successful native rebellion against the Chinese occupiers. Large tributary missions such as these were halted after Zheng He, with periods of isolationism in the Ming, coupled with the need to defend China's large eastern coastal areas against marauding Japanese pirates. Although it was severely limited by the state, trade was overall not forbidden. Upon their arrival in the early 16th century, the Portuguese traded with the Chinese at Tuen Mun, despite some hostilities exchanged between both sides. The Ming Chinese also traded avidly with the Spanish, sending numerous Chinese trade ships annually to the Philippinesin order to sell them Chinese goods in exchange for mita-mined silverfrom the New World colonies of Spain. There was so much Spanish silver entering China that the Spanish minted silver currencybecame commonplace in Ming China. However, the surge in Spanish silver coinage as a medium of exchangealso brought massive inflationto China's economy. The Ming Chinese attempted to convert the silver currency back to coppercurrency, but the economic damage was done.
Meanwhile, the Chinese under the
Wanli Emperor(r. 1572–1620) became engaged in a somewhat costly war defending Koreaagainst Japan. The Japanese regent Hideyoshi Toyotomi(1537-1598) and his predecessor Oda Nobunaga(1534-1582) brought about the prosperous Azuchi-Momoyama periodin feudal Japan, putting an end to the turbulent era of the Sengoku period. However, the Japanese staged an enormous invasion of Korea from 1592 to 1598. The aim of the Japanese was to ultimately invade prosperous Ming China, but in order to do so it would need to use the Korean Peninsulaas a staging ground between the Sea of Japanand the Yellow Sea. Although initially successful, Toyotomi's efforts were sullied with the naval victories of the Joseonadmiral Yi Sun-sin(1545-1598). Throughout the war, though, the Ming Chinese suffered significant casualties, and had spent a great deal of revenue sending troops on land into Korea and bolstering the Korean navy in battles such as the Battle of Noryang Point.
The decline of Ming China's economy by inflation was made worse by crop failure, famine, sudden plague, and agrarian rebellion led by those such as
Li Zicheng(1606–1644), the Ming Dynasty fell in 1644. The Ming general Wu Sangui(1612–1678) was going to side with the rebels under Li, but felt betrayed when one of his concubines was taken by Li, and so allowed the Manchus under the Shunzhi Emperor(1638-1661) to enter a northern pass and invade northern China from their base in Manchuria.
The first Jesuit missionaries to visit China did so during the Ming Dynasty. The most prominent one was the Italian
Jesuit Matteo Ricci(1552-1610). Matteo is famous in China and the West for many reasons. He was the first to translate the Chinese classic textsinto a Western language ( Latin), and the first to translate the name of the most prominent Chinese philospher Kong Fuzi as Confucius. Along with another Jesuit father, he was the first European to enter the Forbidden Cityof Beijing, during the reign of the Wanli Emperor. Matteo Ricci and his baptized Chinese colleague, the mathematician, astronomer, and agronomist Xu Guangqi(1562-1633), were the first to translate the ancient Greek mathematical treatise of " Euclid's Elements" into Chinese.
One issue of the Western embassies to China was the
kowtow. Western diplomats understood that kowtowing meant accepting the superiority of the Emperor of Chinaover their kings, something unacceptable.
The first diplomatic contact between China and the West occurred with the expansion of the
Roman Empirein the Middle-East during the 2nd century, the Romans gained the capability to develop shipping and trade in the Indian Ocean. The first group of people claiming to be an embassy of Romans to China is recorded in 166, sixty years after the expeditions to the west of the Chinese general Ban Chao. It came to Emperor Huan of Han China, "from Antun (Emperor Antoninus Pius), king of Daqin (Rome)". Although, as Antoninus Pius died in 161, leaving the empire to his adoptive son Marcus Aurelius (Antoninus), the convoy arrived in 166, and the both Emperor being "Antonius" the confusion arises about who sent the embassy.
Later on, in
1665, when Russian explorers met the Manchus in what is today northeastern China. Using the common language of Latin, which the Chinese knew from Jesuit missionaries, the Chinese emperor and Russian tsarnegotiated the Treaty of Nerchinskin 1689, which delineated the border between Russia and China, some of which exists to this day. In some ways, this treaty was a turning point. Russia was not dealt with through the Ministry of Tributary Affairs, but rather through the same ministry as the problematic Mongols, which served to acknowledge Russia's status as a nontributary nation. From then on, the Chinese worldview of all other nations as tributaries began to unravel.
In 1839, the Chinese Emperor had banned opium in China due to its harmful effects on Chinese citizens and its denigratory impact on the Chinese culture; the British Empire, however, saw opium as a profitable good for commercial trade, as its import would help balance Britain's huge trade deficit with China. This ultimately led to the
Neither the Europeans nor the Chinese could have known that a Dutch embassy would turn out to be the last occasion in which any European appeared before the Chinese Court within the context of traditional Chinese imperial foreign relations. [O'Neil, Patricia O. (1995). "Missed Opportunities: Late 18th Century Chinese Relations with England and the Netherlands." [Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington] ]
Representing Dutch and
Dutch East India Companyinterests, Isaac Titsinghtraveled to Beijingin 1794-96 for celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the Qianlong Emperor's reign. [Duyvendak, J.J.L. (1937). 'The Last Dutch Embassy to the Chinese Court (1794-1795).' "T'oung Pao" 33:1-137.] The Titsingh delegation also included the Dutch-American Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest[van Braam Houckgeest, A.E. (1797). "Voyage de l'ambassade de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales hollandaises vers l'empereur de la Chine, dans les années 1794 et 1795" Philadelphia; _____. (1798). "An authentic account of the embassy of the Dutch East-India Company, to the court of the emperor of China, in the years 1794 and 1795." London.] , whose detailed description of this embassy to the Chinese court was soon after published in the U.S. and Europe. Titsingh's French translator, Chrétien-Louis-Joseph de Guignespublished his own account of the Titsingh mission in 1808. "Voyage a Pékin, Manille et l'Ile de France" provided an alternate perspective and a useful counterpoint to other reports which were then circulating. Titsingh himself died before he could publish his version of events.
The Chinese world view changed very little during the
Qing Dynastyas China's sinocentric perspectives continued to be informed and reinforced by deliberate policies and practices designed to minimize any evidence of its growing weakness and West's evolving power. After the Titsingh mission, no further non-Asian ambassadors were allowed even to approach the Qing capital until the consequences of the Opium Wars changed everything.
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