country to be truly successful and powerful, it must meet certain criteria. An empire must be unified, led by a strong government that satisfies its people's needs. To meet those needs, an empire must be a prominent source of trade to benefit and support its economy. In order for a country to succeed, it must have advanced technology and be independent, abandoning eliance on other countries for security. The empire of China met all of these criteria and
proved itself to be among the world's greatest powers in 1680. Some may argue that Russia and the Ottoman Empire were extremely important nations of power during the 1600s, but these empires had many flaws that proved to weaken their economies and social systems. Rich in goods and wealth, China was an empire that truly influenced the West, and proved to be extremely powerful during the 17th century.
In order for an empire to be stable and secure, it must first be unified. China was one of the first unified empires, dating back to 202 BCE. Unification creates an opportunity for stability which in turn promotes the development of a strong empire. This stability affected the
people of China positively through advanced governments and technology that only a strong empire could achieve. A symbol of China's unity and strength as an empire is The Great Wall, which served to protect itself against the nomads. It still stands today, symbolizing the
independence that China had in the 17th century, as an empire without reliance on others. As a unified territory, China was able to achieve a strong government, and contained influential and powerful leaders that would make important decisions on behalf of the people.
To ensure that the people...