Would South East Asia be better off as a Chinese province?

Nov 2014
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ph
#1
Would countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines be a lot better than they are now if they were historically a part of China, say Song remnants fled to the Philippines, and then it gets conquered by the Ming afterwards, of the Mongols succeed in taking Java and Sumatra, and then the Ming sends its forces there and takes it, or the Yuan succeeds to taking the whole of Vietnam, and then after the Yuan collapses the Mongols dynasty successfully takes it, or maybe the Tang or the Han manages to conquer most of Indochina, so it gets throughly Sinicized, and the rest of SEA follows thereafter.
 
Mar 2018
728
UK
#3
It's hard to see how the rest of history would have unfolded with such a massive change happening such a long time ago. Maybe such a China would have resisted European and Japanese invasions? Maybe such a China would never have turned communist. Who knows?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
#6
Would countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines be a lot better than they are now if they were historically a part of China, say Song remnants fled to the Philippines, and then it gets conquered by the Ming afterwards, of the Mongols succeed in taking Java and Sumatra, and then the Ming sends its forces there and takes it, or the Yuan succeeds to taking the whole of Vietnam, and then after the Yuan collapses the Mongols dynasty successfully takes it, or maybe the Tang or the Han manages to conquer most of Indochina, so it gets throughly Sinicized, and the rest of SEA follows thereafter.
That depends on various factors. For instance, is going ruled by Chinese for centuries going to cause these countries to evolve a higher average IQ?

In real life, Vietnam already performs extremely well on the PISA exam as it is (and it might not even be performing at its full potential yet given that it's still poor!), but Indonesia and the Philippines perform much less well if I recall correctly.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,741
SoCal
#8
Ethnic minorities are in majority in Xinjiang. There are about 48 ethnic groups in Xinjiang but we only hear about the uighurs so not many people know about it.
Everyone else's numbers in Xinjiang pale in comparison to the Uyghurs and the Han Chinese, though.