qiě and; moreover; yet


Ancient pictogram of a stone altar on the ground
Number of strokes 5

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Middle Kingdom

The concept of China as center of the civilized world came about in the Zhou dynasty about 3,000 years ago. The dynastic capital at Luoyang, Henan was considered to be the very center with concentric rings of increasing barbarism the further out you traveled. The feeling of the only 'real' civilization centered in China persisted into the 19th century when military superiority of the European 'barbarians' was proved in warfare. There is a deep-rooted feeling that the philosophic traditions developed in the Zhou period are still relevant and still superior to other systems elsewhere.
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