Why, according to Guns, Germs, and Steel, was China able to dominate East Asia?Was it because of the geography? I reread the section several times, but I can't seem to get the answer.

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Yes, it was because of the geography in a couple of different ways.

First, China had a lot of different places where agriculture could arise.  It had many places with a decent climate and it had many domesticable crops and animals.  This allowed it to develop civilization in a number of areas in what is now China.

Second, China did not have any great barriers within it and it had long east-west rivers.  These things allowed for a great deal of diffusion of culture.  They also allowed for competition between civilizations.  This led to a stronger culture and also, eventually, to a big and centralized state.

Because it had the crops and animals to develop civilization and because it had a topography that allowed diffusion and competition, China became strong enough to dominate East Asia.

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