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a large inlet of the Yellow Sea on the coast of NE China. Also called: (Gulf of) Chihli



(also Pohaikuo, “state near the sea”), an early feudal state in northeastern Asia. It existed from the beginning of the eighth century through 926. It included the southern maritime region, southeastern Manchuria, and northeastern Korea. The basic populations included the Tungus tribes of Moho, the Koguryo people, and the Chinese—up to 100,000 families in all. They earned a living by farming, animal husbandry, silkworm raising, hunting, fishing, and handicrafts. There was also mining. A high level was achieved in working with iron and other metals. Pohai had political, commercial, and cultural ties with neighboring states, particularly with China and Japan. Pohai flourished most under Ta Ch’in Mao (738–94, the third of the 14 wans of Pohai). In 926 the state was defeated by the Khitan people.


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a strait on the Yellow Sea, between the Liaotung and Shantung peninsulas. It connects the gulfs of Liaotung and Pohaiwan with the open sea. The width at the narrowest point is 105 km. The strait is up to 36 m deep. The current flows mainly in a southerly direction; its velocity is approximately 1 km/hr. Ports on the strait are Talien, Lüshun (Port Arthur), and Yent’ai.

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the last Chinese commandery conquered by Koguryo); 313-668 (Three Kingdoms Period: till the fall of Paekje [660] and Koguryo [668] to the combined forces of Silla and Tang China, the Chinese expelled in 676); 668-936 (Unified Silla; the kingdom of Parhae in the northern part, former Koguryo, from 698 to 926); 936-1392 (Silla succeeded by Koryo); 1392-1910 (Choson, until annexed by Japan in 1910).
The author also touches on such controversial issues as the Korean foundation myths, the origins of the Kaya states, the position of Parhae in Korean history, and explains how these issues are related to contemporary cultural and political identities.
In addition to these two ethnic groups, Korean scholars have paid much attention to research on Kochoson (2333 (traditionally)-108 BC), which is believed to have occupied part of Northeast China, and Parhae (AD 698-926), the centre of which was located in Heilongjiang Province of China.
In the 7th century AD, this region becomes the focus of the Korean-speaking Parhae [Chinese: Bohai] successor state to Koguryo, one of the protohistoric Three Kingdoms of the Korean peninsula.