- China under the rule of various imperial dynasties, including China proper and other domains, as Manchuria, Mongolia, Sinkiang, and Tibet: replaced by a republic in January, 1912.
Origin of Chinese Empire
First recorded in 1875–80
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- China as ruled by the emperors until the establishment of the republic in 1911–12
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