How did the Ming Chinese react to European exploration? Be specific.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree. China traded with its neighbors to the west and profited highly from it. Much world history is influenced by the trade between China and Western Europe, as explorers went looking for new and faster trade routes to get silk and spices more easily from China. Of course this influenced China too.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The Chinese seem to have had much more extensive contact and trade with Europeans than was true of the Japanese. At times relations between the Chinese and Europeans were relatively friendly; at other times, however, they broke out into war.  A good place to begin exploring this topic can be found at the link below.  It's best to use Wikipedia as a "source about sources" -- a way to get beyond Wikipedia and into more detailed discussions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Ming_Dynasty#Trade_and_contact_with_Europe

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